A Professional Mermaid Discusses Her Relationship With Life Under The Sea

May 30, 2015 By Christi Mulligan

Mermaid Melissa, formerly Melissa Dawn, is known for traveling the world and entertaining as a mermaid at different events and locations. Melissa promotes “ocean education through underwater entertainment” at all functions she attends. As a professional mermaid, she tries to be as convincing as possible for all of her observers.

Growing up in St. Augustine, Florida, a young Melissa was often called "fish" and eventually "dolphin" as her skill level increased. Now she’s living the dream with a career in aquatics.

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She believes her disguise is authentic enough when other sea animals that she swims with also believe that she is a mermaid - in fact, they might even mistake her for lunch. One such example occurred while working in the Cayman Islands. She told the Huffington Post that she rose to the surface to wave at the crowd, and a bowmouthed guitarfish (a member of the sting ray family) tried to eat her hand. Underwater, when the fish clamped on, the sound of her hand "crunching" was amplified, and she was praying it was only her knuckles that were cracking.

On another occasion, she had to be cautious of a long eel that was living in the reef near where she was filming. She has had stings from jellyfish since she doesn't wear a wetsuit. But otherwise, she has been relatively unharmed in her ventures under the sea.

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Although she has experienced danger at times, Melissa (with a fish tail that can weigh as much as 60 pounds) enjoys her usual routine that involves swimming in giant tanks and pools.

She does share that the only natural sea beast she is wary of is actually jellyfish. She believes that jellyfish are less predictable, even less predictable than sharks.

Via: Huffington Post

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