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Just In: Seattle has a secret Mermaid Society

For some Seattleites, the siren song to become a mermaid is just too strong to resist.

"Growing up I was always really shy," said Brianna Parise. "I saw these videos of these beautiful mermaids in Florida - they were swimming and they were just so outgoing and beautiful and I was like, 'I want to do that'. I've always loved the ocean and I've always wanted to do something related to the ocean and I was like, 'I'm going to buy a mermaid tail!'"

Brianna is just one of the mermaids in the growing Mermaid Community in Seattle. Yes, you heard us correctly. Occasionally you might see one at a pool, but in the summer, they take to the open water.

"In the summer months you can find many of us - myself many days - in Lake Washington swimming around," said Mermaid Jamie Von Stratton (who also plays an orca, and takes dips in the Puget Sound in the warmer months - brr)!

As we're interviewing these mystical creatures on Alki Beach, a little girl with her parents see them. Tugging at their hands - she declares that SHE wants to be a mermaid when she grows up. She told us she wants to see in the water, find seashells and have a blue tail.

So hypothetically, what would one do to become a mermaid?

"You would be a grownup that still likes to play dress up, which is what most of us are," said Mermaid Emily Beckley. "You could find a lot of different mono fins online, and you find or make some tailskins - and get out in the water and practice. Meet some other mers, get together with a gossip of mermaids and go out and swim."

BTW - that is the actual term for a group of mermaids: a gossip.

Move over Ariel! Seattle Mermaids are comin' for ya.

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