Mountain Mermaid
Image of Heather Mermaid

My name is Heather Mermaid.  I make my home in Asheville, North Carolina.  I chose Asheville because it is a place of magic, a great vibe and cool people.

So, how can I live so far from the ocean?  That's easy - like some popular tales, mermaids can take human form to walk upon the land.  But we don't have to spend certain amounts of time in the water to survive - nor do we magically sprout tails when water hits us.  Mermaids are magic, and we can transform ourselves between human and mermaid form at our pleasure.

I was not always a mermaid.  In fact, I only became one recently.  Like other mermaids - yes there are a few others out there - I became fascinated with the idea of mermaids when I first saw the movie "Splash".  But it wasn't until a few years ago that I realized I had a mermaid within me – the part of me that believes in fantasy and that anything is possible.  Thanks to the magic of Hollywood special effects, she was able to become a reality.

In my daily life, I am a certifed scuba diver and am a scientist who does reseach on coral reefs.  I love the fact that I can use my work to help the world's oceans in a meaningful way.

We all have a mermaid within ourselves.  It took many years to discover mine and I hope I can share that happiness with others.  After all, we are made up mostly of salt water - it's in our veins.

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