Mermaids are REAL!

Happy Monday, finny friends! Last week we finally revealed the date of the 2nd Annual Promenade of Mermaids as August 27, 2016, and gave you some ideas about different ways to style your mermaid tails. This week I would like to take it a step further and show you some REAL. LIVE. MERMAIDS! (and mermen!)

The art of being a mermaid (mermaid-ing?) is very real, and there are beautiful and talented performers worldwide who dedicate their lives to mastering the intricacies of swimming, performing tricks, style, and yes folks- custom tails. I’d like to introduce you to a few incredible performers I’ve discovered, and hopefully their expertise inspires you on your mermaid costume journey.

Probably the number one search result for live mermaid performances belongs to the Weeki Wachee City of Live Mermaids in Florida.


“Set on 538-acres and home to the deepest naturally-formed spring in North America, this state park is best known for its live Mermaid Shows, where “half-fish, half-human” performers swim and dance in an underwater theater built 20 feet below the spring’s surface.” –Atlas Obscura

Here’s a peek at some highlights from Weeki Wachee:

If you explore instagram, you find dozens of professional mermaids and mermen, mermaid models, and custom mermaid tail crafters. Please allow a few moments for the images to load because well, instagrams embed code isn’t very fast (womp womp).

@edensirene The Fishhawk Mermaid:

@veronica.esh a mermaid from Orange County, California:

@jp4me male model dabbling in mermaid-ing:

A photo posted by ⭐️JP (@jp4me) on Mar 31, 2016 at 3:06pm PDT

@adventuresofalexis describes herself as Christian. Wife. Gryffindor. Mermaid. Turquoise. Wildflower. Photographer. Minimalist. Traveler:

A photo posted by Alexis (@adventuresofalexis) on Apr 8, 2016 at 12:50pm PDT

A photo posted by Alexis (@adventuresofalexis) on Mar 19, 2016 at 5:58am PDT

@merman_arion “Deaf | Single | Disney nerd | Based in Paris”

A photo posted by Merman Arion (@merman_arion) on Feb 4, 2016 at 4:26pm PST

A video posted by Merman Arion (@merman_arion) on Apr 3, 2016 at 5:17am PDT

A photo posted by Merman Arion (@merman_arion) on Nov 6, 2015 at 12:59am PST

@mermanchristian is a professional merman & actor for hire… just puttin’ that out there…

A photo posted by Merman Arion (@merman_arion) on Apr 7, 2016 at 10:00am PDT

@mermaidkatja a mer-model from Melbourne, Australia:

@mermanjax is a full time performing merman- hire him for your next party! Such an interesting profile:

A photo posted by @mermanjax on Mar 15, 2016 at 11:21am PDT

A video posted by @mermanjax on Apr 5, 2016 at 10:30am PDT

@stacey_ava a Tahitian yogi, aerialist, and mermaid:

@mermaidsirenity has so much mermaid-ing going on, check out her profile for more videos and beautiful photography:

@merbellastudios created these fabulous tails, check out their page to see more (trust me, you want to!):

It’s a Weeki Wachee mermaid!


Elegant and graceful, these real life mermaids look like they came straight out of a story book! There’s no limit to what you can create, especially when you have such fantastic inspiration! Which of these mermaids or mermen stood out the most to you? Have you ever seen a live mermaid perform?

If you have any feedback or suggestions for future blog posts, we’d love to hear from you! We have a hashtag- use #asburypromenade on social media so we can find you! Follow us on instagram @asburyparkpromenade, twitter @asburypromenade, and Facebook at Asbury Park Promenade of Mermaids.


-CJ Mars