Tails of the mysterious Weeki Wachee Mermaids: Catch them in New Orleans

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO)-   For the first time ever in New Orleans, The Weeki Wachee Mermaids are making a splash at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.

Mermaids...Kristy, Andrea, Whitney, and Chelsea all spent the morning with News with a Twist Reporter Kenny Lopez to talk about this "fintastic" experience!

For eight days, the mystical mermaids will swim alongside the sharks and stingrays in the Gulf of Mexico exhibit, which is 400-thousand gallons of water.

As beautiful as the mermaids are to look at and the Aquarium staff hopes to bring the mermaids to raise awareness about how many "real" underwater creatures are threatened with extinction.

"There's an enormous amount of interest in mermaids at the moment and we are thrilled to offer our guests the opportunity to be captivated by the world-famous Weeki Wachee mermaids.  We hope their performances inspire children to marvel at the wonders of nature and motivate them to protect the oceans so that marine life facing extinction does not truly become mythical,"  Rich Toth, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas Managing Director, said.

These spellbinding beauties are sure to leave you in a trance with just a glance.

These mermaids hail from Weeki Wachee Springs known as "The City of Live Mermaids" on the Gulf Coast of Florida, about 45 minutes north of Tampa.  The Seminole Indians named the spring, "Weeki Wachee", which means "little spring" or "winding river". The very first mermaid show took place in 1947.

To become a mermaid there is a 3-step audition process, and it takes about a year of training.

Catch The Weeki Wachee Mermaids at the Aquarium starting on Thursday, October 15th through Sunday, October 18th, and then again next week from Thursday, October 22nd through Sunday, October 25th.

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Check out News with a Twist Anchor, Susan Roesgen's story about why women want to be mermaids HERE:


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