The Weeki Wachee Mermaids
I don’t know what it is, but the siren’s call to become a mermaid seems to reach every girl aged 5-8. A lucky few answer the call and become the mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs. The Weeki Wachee mermaids are a very talented bunch. They breathe underwater using only a small oxygen tube, perform intricate plays, and can even eat and drink while submerged.
I sit down with former mermaid Rita King, who give me the details on what it takes to be a part of this unique and elite group. We also discuss the history of the Mermaid Show, which included abandoned cars, WWII frogmen, and the evolution of the Merman Movement.