These Gorgeous Photographs Will Have You Believing In Mermaids

Hey Ariel, this woman wants to be "Part of Your World."

Hannah Fraser is an ocean and environmental activist, oh, and a real life mermaid. Although she might not have her gills, she is a certified diver and can even hold her breath underwater for two whole minutes. Fraser has been a professional mermaid for eleven years, and it has been her dream ever since she was a little girl, when her "very supportive and artistic mother" helped her make her first tail.

Fraser's tails are a thing of beauty. Each one is hand made and intricately designed. Creating one is both extremely expensive and painstaking work. (She details the process on her site.) But Fraser is quick to mention, that she is more than just a "blonde model in a sparkly tail."

When she is not performing underwater (i.e. swimming with sharks, whales, and manta rays), Fraser travels around the world, speaking at events about her experiences, and raising awareness about marine life preservation. Of her work, she says:

"I feel incredibly lucky that I have a talent that allows me to speak for causes and issues that I feel strongly about. This is the part of my job that gives me most satisfaction, where I feel like I can be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. The ocean creatures are unique, magnificent, intelligent, and imperative in our world’'s ecosystem. Seeing these animals diminishing in number around the planet...fished into extinction breaks my heart."
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