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Guest Post from “Far From Home” otherwise known as The Magical Mermaid, from my mystery reading group!

I met Far From Home on one of the reader forums I’m on. She’s a fascinating person: an engineer who works in Australia, Malaysia and Indonesia. She just tootles around the world sharing her engineering expertise. As if that isn’t enough, she also dives. She sent some dive photos recently and gave me permission to post. You can click on each one for a larger view. These were taken in Pulau Weh, Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia.

Do you see the mermaid in the one picture? Fascinating. Must be a relative of Far From Home.

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Posted: January 18, 2013


  1. The unidentified fish is a Lionfish, a highly toxic predator fish from the Indo-Pacific region, although they were accidentally introduced to the Atlantic Ocean a few years ago, and they’re now thriving along the east coast of the U.S. and in the northern part of the Caribbean Sea.

    Comment by Jim Chambers — January 18, 2013 @ 9:35 am

  2. HOW did I know that you would know??? And please, for the writers in us, how long does it take to die if you get stung? I’m assuming that is how they use their poison. Can the poison be ‘harvested’ for a murder mystery?

    Comment by Maria — January 18, 2013 @ 9:36 am

  3. A full load of venom from an adult Lionfish will kill in about ten minutes. A lesser hit from a juvenile would give you a really nasty sting and probably put you in the hospital. Hmmm… harvesting the poison. I’m guessing that you could spear one and extract the venom from the spines and the glands at the base of the spines.

    Comment by Jim Chambers — January 18, 2013 @ 9:45 am

  4. Hmm. Excellent. But I’ll need a stunt-double to get the fish, I think.

    Comment by Maria — January 18, 2013 @ 9:54 am

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