You have never seen Ariel this way.
While it is true that people love to re-imagine our favorite Disney princesses in every way possible and that includes Ariel. However, nobody has ever re-imagined Ariel like this.
Have you ever thought, what she would look like if she lived in different Ocean environments? Well, aquatic evolutionary expert Joseph Shaw and his young daughter Emma certainly have.
She is certainly going to look quite different than this.
#1 Coral Reef Ariel.
In coral reefs, one would expect perhaps the most attractive phenotypes that would include beautiful color patterns in their tails, many examples of mimicry, and amazing eyesight to take advantage of the crystal clear, bright sunny waters.
#2 Open Ocean Ariel.
Merpeople living in the open ocean would be expected to be fast, because they have a lot of ground to cover. They are also likely to be social (e.g., travel in pods).
Therefore, they have evolved advanced communication skills and we all know that Ariel’s voice is coveted for its beauty. These adaptations would provide a means for them to stay connected despite the vastness of the open ocean.
#3 Arctic Ariel.
In the Arctic, one would expect to find fatter merpeople that are protected from freezing by the presence of antifreeze genes. They would also be expected to be some of the slowest, because metabolism would be very slow in these arctic creatures.
#4 Last but not he least, Deep Sea Ariel.
In the deep ocean, one might expect merpeople to have evolved long appendages to provide an enhanced sense of touch to help orient them, because the complete lack of light would eliminate sight.
For this reason, some might even acquire bioluminescence to attract potential mates or lure unsuspecting meals.
From our worst nightmares!
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