There is an entire community of people who have their day jobs and live as mermaids. They live near the ocean and wear silicone tails.
— friendlydb (@friendlydb) January 16, 2017
Caitlyn Nielson, who goes by the name Mermaid Cyanea, left her job in 2015 to focus on living as a mermaid. She has a Biology degree, so she can use that knowledge to make her persona more realistic. She uses her new persona to help advocate for ocean conservation issues.
“When I was in kindergarten and the teacher asked everyone to go around and say what they wanted to be when they grew up, I said ‘a mermaid.'”
“Everyone laughed at me and now here I am – I’m a mermaid. I’m literally a real life mermaid.”
“What inspired me to be a mermaid is hard to say. It’s actually the fact that I’ve always felt I was a mermaid.”
They spend most of their time swimming in lakes and pools. Many of them feel as if their tail is another limb and they call themselves “mer-persons.”
@NCMerfest it was such a delight to be welcomed into your beautiful community! Thank you! pic.twitter.com/r8zvrpmSXy
— Mermaids (@mermaids_doc) January 5, 2015
Featured image via Twitter.