FRIDAY SF & FANTASY – Dagana: The Last Mermaid
Guest Post by the Author
What I learned while writing Dagana
My name is Kody Boye, and while writing my novel Dagana: The Last Mermaid, I learned a few interesting things about the ocean, currents, and the impact pollution has on the environment. I’m here to share three of those things.
- Some “Rip” Currents will carry you back to shore.
While many people ultimately drown in the ocean, especially from “rip” currents, the fact is that most people drown because they panic. In this video by (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QhxxXGPlJU) Surf Life Saving Australia, you can find helpful tips on how you can increase your chances of survival if you ever end up in one of them.
- The Gulf of Mexico is home to 29 marine mammal species
According to TreeHugger.com (https://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/48-facts-you-should-know-about-the-gulf-of-mexico-from-sunken-ships-to-ancient-corals.html), there are there are around 29 species of mammals that exist in the Gulf of Mexico (which is where my novel Dagana takes place.)
- Fertilizer can run into rivers, and pollute the ocean
According to Leisurepro.com (https://www.leisurepro.com/blog/ocean-news/damaging-effects-fertilizers-marine-ecosystems/) fertilizer from fields runs off into rivers, which then reaches the ocean. These nutrients can cause explosions of certain types of algae, which in turn produces chemicals that can harm marine life.
Researching for Dagana was quite interesting, and allowed me to see the diversity of wildlife in the Southeast Texas region in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s definitely interesting stuff for sure!
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Want to read Dagana: The Last Mermaid?
The novel is available on Amazon in eBook format, as well as in stunning audiobook and as a beautiful paperback.
Visit www.kodyboye.com for more information.