You Could Have Been A Professional Mermaid, You Know
2:45 pm, May 9th | by Laura Donovan
Your childhood dream of living free-spirited Ariel’s underwater dream could become a reality…That is, if you take the same measures as Hannah Fraser, a 36-year-old self-described “professional mermaid.”
Having been obsessed with mermaids her entire life, the Australian woman created a tail for herself and pursued the field of diving, among a few other jobs. The Los Angeles-based water wonder, whose life will be covered in a new documentary by filmmaker Rob Benavides, swims with whales, sharks, stingrays, and dolphins. We know, that sounds more frightening than cool, but Hannah has discovered an effective trick to keeping dangerous “Jaw”-like species away: Creeping them out with terrifying faces:
“[A] shark turned round and came towards me, so I made a scary face and screamed at it in the water. Amazingly I scared it off. I felt invincible for months afterwards.”
Why be a mermaid when you can be a shark whisperer, Hannah?! But we can imagine mermaid life is much more pleasant, even if it does involve the occasional confrontation from a large-toothed blood-sucking fish.
If your parents ever shot down your aspiration to have sea creatures as your colleagues, point to Hannah as proof that they never should have discouraged you from that line of work. Of course, Hannah better hope mermaids really are a myth, as they’d likely gang up on her for taking all the damn jobs. Where’s Sebastian when you need him?!