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Aqua Studios Meet year-old Jessica Pennington, also known as Merfolk One of the hardest things about being a real-life mermaid is. The film, created and written by Charlie Foley, begins with the real, actual But the public never got to meet this model mermaid because the. Real Mermaid FOUND in Michigan: Mermaid Show in the Great Lakes- Show me mermaids! Mermaids are REAL! And footage has been.
The next step was to work with marine mammals and in aquariums. For over 10 years I worked as a dive manager, marine mammal trainer and show host in marine life parks, theme parks and aquariums. Working as a mermaid was a childhood fantasy and a self-made journey born out of the love for the sea.
It took years of hard work to be a professional mermaid and to finally set up my own company. What does your job involve and what does your company do? Doing mermaid shows and live aquarium performances at various types of venues including private parties, hotels, fairs, festivals and fundraisers.
Besides the shows my company also provides customised mermaid tails, mermaid tanks, equipment and a full aquatic performance team.
How do you transform into a mermaid? What does it take to keep the fantasy alive at shows. The mermaid tail is like a corset with a pair of leather trousers stitched together. I own 16 such tails, each weighing around 25 kgs in various colours, all handmade from silicone. I am always living the mermaid life, in and out of water, so the transformation is life-long.
When I don my mermaid tail it becomes more real for others. You can see the wonder in their eyes as I perform. What do you like the most about your job? The fact that I get to entertain people doing what brings me joy too. My profession also gives me the opportunity to spread the message of ocean conservation and protection of sea creatures. I swim with sea animals for photo shoots, documentary films and independent movies.
Tell us your most unforgettable moments as a mermaid? There have been many unforgettable moments for me — most cherished from them include swimming in the Caribbean Sea with stingrays, eels, sea stars or diving in shipwrecks and exploring the local culture of the Cayman Islands in close presence of beautiful coral reefs or in Australia when I performed in a giant fish tank that was 40 feet long in a live public event.
Swimming along giant Manta Rays, sharks, dolphins, humpback whales and thousands of marine life in harmony at The Great Barrier Reef was amazing.
Are there any challenges that a mermaid has to face? Ed says the lure of the sea is being able to take on a new personality and forget reality Image: Barcroft Media Most mermaids find they have particular memory from a film or television show which inspires them Image: Barcroft Media Read More Transgender seven-year-old laughed at by classmates after telling them: You know you can put on a costume and become a magical creature and be something other than who you are for a little while.
Like Caitlin, Ed was inspired by the idea of becoming a merperson as a child, particularly after watching the Disney film The Thirteenth Year. Morgan, Tessie, Ed and Caitlin. Tessie wanted to become a mermaid after going to mermaid school in the Philippines three years ago Image: They even run workshops to help people make their own tails Image: Barcroft Media They added: She was inspired to become a mermaid ever since she attended a magical mermaid school in the exotic Philippines three years ago.
And once she slides her tail on and becomes Mermaid Essie, she claims her worries disappear and the magical feeling of invincibility and power arises. When I am in my tail I don't feel insecure anymore. Because it suddenly doesn't matter what size I am because I am a mermaid and that is what people really focus on. It's very vulnerable feeling.
It is an odd feeling for sure.
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She says she stops having body insecurities when she gets into the pool Image: Barcroft Media Using her mermaid status, she tries to promote ocean conservation and raise awareness through education. The mermaid trio frequently swim together and join each other on themed photoshoots.
If I put on my tail, I have done swimming, it's automatically good day. Although Tessie's mother is supportive, she finds the concept of being a mermaid ridiculous.
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Tessie uses her mermaid status to raise awareness around ocean conservation Image: She thought it was hysterical and she never thought that I will actually end up doing it.
I thought it was just going to be a waste of money and a waste of time. I thought her time could best be used studying as a graduate student than swimming with a tail. It's different than the reality of the hustle and bustle of being a graduate student. In the water she feels free, she feels there is nothing else more important than just swimming and be enjoy the moment. He has known about it since we first met.
Barcroft Media "I'd probably look for merman boyfriend if I wasn't already married to a human. At the time I had no real understanding of what that meant but she didn't seem too crazy so I just went with it.