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Fish farm plans rejected after 'fairies' warning

By T.K. Randall
January 26, 2020 · Comment icon 33 comments

The Isle of Skye is home to many folktales. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Neil H
A Scottish council recently received a letter warning that the lives of workers could be endangered by fairies.
The letter, which was penned by a group calling themselves 'Friends of the Eilean Fhlodaigearraidh Faeries', was sent to Highland Council planners in response to plans for a new fish farm that was being considered for a site off the coast of the Isle of Skye.

Signed "on behalf of the Flodigarry Fairies", the letter explained that the local population of mermaid-like "ashrai" could suffer a terrible fate if the salmon farming venture was to go ahead.

"Ashrai live for hundreds of years and will come up to the surface of the water once each century to bathe in the moonlight which they use to help them grow," the letter reads.
"It is proven that the steel of the fish farm cages draws many ashrai to the surface, with only one result: they melt."

The letter also warned that anyone working on the proposed fish farm would be at risk of being lured to their doom by promises of gold and jewels from the region's supernatural residents.

There was also mention of water spirits known as the 'Blue Men of the Minch.'

After a six-hour consultation, plans for the fish farm were ultimately rejected.

Exactly how much the threat of fairies contributed to the decision however remains unclear.

Source: Scotsman | Comments (33)

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Comment icon #24 Posted by stereologist 4 years ago
I think I like NIMBY better than FOTEFF
Comment icon #25 Posted by papageorge1 4 years ago
I am just following a rational assessment of the evidence with all things considered. This universe is much more than we see is my rational conclusion. Denial of yet another, denial of yet another , denial of yet not rational after a point.
Comment icon #26 Posted by stereologist 4 years ago
Denial, denial, denial is rational when the evidence points that out. Just because something can be imagined does not make it so. Humans sprouting wings and flying away is not rational. Fish swimming through solid rocks is not rational. The evidence is very clear. Your use of the term evidence is an attempt to fake the existence of evidence. Story telling does not make evidence.
Comment icon #27 Posted by stereologist 4 years ago
This is a cute story about someone with a fun imagination writing an imaginative letter.  I wonder why they did not mention selkie. Maybe it's not the correct area for that tale.
Comment icon #28 Posted by papageorge1 4 years ago
We actually agree on that. So then I will judge a body of anecdotes on a subject based on quantity, quality and consistency and form a rational judgment.
Comment icon #29 Posted by moonman 4 years ago
Hopefully they will at least bomb the ocean floor where the fish farm was supposed to be. We don't want those goddamn fairies getting out, imagined or not.
Comment icon #30 Posted by stereologist 4 years ago
The quantity, quality and consistency makes it abundantly clear that there are none of these things. That's the rational judgement. 
Comment icon #31 Posted by rashore 4 years ago
Really, the endless bickering of if personally folks here believe fairies (or other spooky) exist or if they believe they do not exist and why is moot. So many threads derailed to such pointless tail chasing on the parts of both sides of the belief spectrum. Get over it folks. Over 7 billion beliefs on the planet. A bit back to the OP. Yes, there is folklore of the wee folk and their travel routes, including water. There have been superstitions of rerouting roads or places purported to be plagued when displacing or upsetting the wee folk. Not surprised water would be included as well. And yep,... [More]
Comment icon #32 Posted by DieChecker 4 years ago
It's just a myth till all the fish die over and over.... Then its a coincidence.
Comment icon #33 Posted by Crikey 4 years ago
"Eilean Fhlodaigearraidh" ---------------------------- Good Scrabble score there

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