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.