Deep Trouble by R.L. Stine
Billy and Sheena are spending the uncle with their uncle, Dr. D, who is a marine researcher. The kids are with him on his ship, as well as an assistant named Alexander. Billy is told not to swim in the lagoon area beside the fire coral, but he soon finds out why fire coral is called fire coral. Some big time zoo people want to pay Dr. D to find a mermaid, which seems absurd. Mermaids aren’t real, or so everyone thinks.
One morning Billy is out swimming, where he’s not supposed to be, and a shark tries to attack him. Something comes to his defense. He’s incredibly surprised to find out that the creature that came to his defense is a mermaid. She’s caught up in a net along with Billy. Dr. D wants to study her, but it isn’t long before mean people show up. How in the world did they know about the mermaid? Can everyone make it out of this situation ok?
What I liked
I did not read this Billy and Sheena book, which goes with the Creep from the Deep on purpose. I didn’t even know that this was what the book was about. I liked that I inadvertently read this.
I do find the folklore surrounding mermaids interesting, although, I do not think they exist. It’s pretty much impossible. People are mammals and fish are fish. A person who had a fish tail wouldn’t work out very well.
What I didn’t like
Part of me thinks this idea of animals being in a zoo for people to see is great. Zoos have certainly helped preserve some species of animals by initiating breeding and conservation programs. On the other hand, I do find it’s a bit sad for some animals, as great as they are, to be locked away in cages.
Just don’t swim over there.
If you found an officially unknown creature, what would you do?
Would you capture an animal if you knew you would get a lot of money for it?