ByOlivia van der Will, writer at

She may not have a pet crab named Sebastian or Flounder at her side, but Mermaid Melissa is the closest thing to a real-life Ariel that I've ever seen. Things do seem better down where it's wetter, and Mermaid Melissa really feels at home far below the ocean's waves.

"There isn’t a day I’m not splashing about with my mermaid tail on. I’m always living the mermaid lifestyle both in and out of the water."

Ariel should start getting herself ready for a night on the reef because she has a new mermaid friend swimming right towards Atlantica!

How awesome is this? Mermaid Melissa is the only woman in the world legally named "Mermaid." Melissa changed her name to Mermaid, which shows that this is far more than a hobby and that she is truly dedicated to this aquatic lifestyle. Amazingly, Melissa has trained herself to hold her breath for up to five minutes while below the surface. This lady is not just a mermaid for fun, either. She uses her talents to help promote ocean education through her incredible underwater entertainment.

Her reason?

"Let’s help save the oceans before all creatures become mythical."
Mermaid Melissa
Mermaid Melissa

Mermaid Melissa's latest mind-blowing video shows her swimming with the sea creatures of the Southern Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Ariel sure would be proud!

Melissa is incredibly inspiring

"Most of us as a child have a very active imagination and believe that anything is possible! Those of us who grow up and live the dream are some of the lucky ones! We have encapsulated those dreams of being part of something bigger than ourselves by diving into the unknown with open arms."

Melissa runs her own agency, Mermaid Melissa LLC, hiring the best real-life mermaids that the world has to offer (Wait? This is a job? Where do you keep the applications?). These ladies appear at events where they educate and entertain while turning mythical dreams into reality.

"If we hope to spread a message to help save our blue planet and all that makes it unique, remember that one act of kindness through conservation can make all the difference."
Mermaid Melissa
Mermaid Melissa

What drove Melissa to be a real-life Ariel?

"My aspirations as a mermaid has truly transformed me in more ways than the obvious. It is a self-made journey born out of love for the sea, that continues to grow from the years of hard work creating a business from the ground up completely on my own with no outside financing or sponsors.

The back story of this is very deep rooted. It was the ultimate fairy tale for any young girl who has watched “The Little Mermaid” and “Splash” -a way that I viewed to find a balance between staying human, and joining their world as part dolphin."

Sebastian once told Ariel:

"Listen to me. The human world is a mess. Life under the sea is better than anything they got up there."

Mermaid Melissa really took his advice to heart and found her happy place on the depths of the ocean floor!

Sing along now!

Melissa really does share many personality traits with the kindhearted Ariel! To read more about Melissa Mermaid click here.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Melissa and 10 other talented people who followed their dreams and became the impossible, click here to read!

Is your mind totally blown by Mermaid Melissa?


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