This video shows how Ariel's mother Queen Athena die. Ariel was six years old in this part of the movie.
UPDATE (3/30/2016): - 16 Terrifying Deaths That You Forgot Took Place In Your Favorite Disney Movies diply.com/gaming-memes/disney-..
. I just found this webpage; I'm on page 2 of 4 pages.
UPDATE (4/11/2016): The movie aired in 2008. Erica Grindley mentioned a fact: "Here's the thing. Each daughter was named after each sea. For example, Ariel is the 'Red Sea'. So, in order for things to be correct, their mother has to be dead for the 'Dead Sea'..."
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UPDATE (6/9/2016): Thanks for making the video very popular on my channel. I've found it on Vucula! vucula.com/videos/the-little-mermaid-3-ariels-beginning-how-queen-athena-died-16r4k5m4g416q3363576q4.html
UPDATE (6/12/2016): I finally found the full movie here:
UPDATE 6/28/2016: AnimalationXP (www.youtube.com/user/AnimalationXP)
pointed this out: "To the people hating on Athena for being slow.
Have you ever heard of "paralysed by fear"? Her children were safe underwater so she knew it'd be okay to try to get her husband's present - something she already held so dearly close to her heart. Imagine the guilt she would've felt if she let it get taken. Sure, he could've gotten her a replacement, but that's not the point. It was sentimental.
By the time she saw how close the ship was, she was probably too terrified to even move - thus she died.
Most likely her brain was working overtime. "Are the kids safe? Where's Tridon? I need to tell him I love him. I need to let my daughters know they're never alone. I might never get the chance. It's all over" etc.
UPDATE (7/7/2016): I new clip from the storyline is uploaded. This scene is less depressing, don't worry! youtube.com/watch
UPDATE (4/5/2017): I found a conspiracy theory so surprising and convincing that I have to add it here. How Peter Pan and The Little Mermaid make a connection? Athena appeared in Peter Pan! moviepilot.com/p/disney-fan-theory-ariels-mom-was-in-peter-pan/2465437
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