“Life is so much better when you learn to have just a little bit of fun, or a lot bit of fun, because we all believe in magic at some point,” Maui says. “A lot of times, life can get pretty dull and boring. So why not just enjoy every aspect of it that you can?”
These words were spoken by Merman Maui. Maui is part of a growing group of folks worldwide who have taken to the water as merfolk. It’s called “mermaiding” and there are competitions, including a World Championship. Even the scuba diving industry (PADI, SSI and NAUI) have gotten on board and now all offer mermaid courses.
A quick internet search comes up with dozens of sites that sell mermaid tails, from very inexpensive ($20) to a site which is so expensive that you have to email them for pricing (some second hand tails on their site are listed around $2,000).
Merfolk report that they enjoy the feeling of refuge in the water, the quiet and even peace. “When you put your mermaid tail on at the beach or pool, you become a superstar” says one mermaid who performs and teaches.
I tried often to do the mermaid kick as a child but definitely never mastered it. Maybe if I had an actual mermaid tail and fins I would do better!
What magical creature would you like to exist? Or to be?