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Mermaid Spotlight: Mermaid Hyli

Written By Kate Vontaine 05 Feb 2018
Mermaid Spotlight: Mermaid Hyli

How did you get your start?

About 6 years ago I stumbled onto an online community of mermaids from all over the world. I discovered that people were mermaids and instantly fell in love. It wasn't long after that that I began trying to make my own tail. When that did not work out, my husband purchased a Merbellas silicone tail for me as a wedding gift. From there it grew into underwater modeling, a traveling tank show, and traveling the world. 

What's your favorite thing to do on land?

When I'm not a mermaid, I really enjoy hiking, baking, video games, and working in my studio (Siren Allure)

What is your favorite spot to dive and do your mermaid thing?

This is really tough, there are so many places I've been and each have their own special memories.
For salt water, I loved swimming on the reef in Belize. There are so many fish and healthy corals.
For fresh water, I love the crystal clear waters of the Florida Springs. There are so many that we have traveled to but I think Alexander Springs has to be my favorite.

What's your favorite underwater animal?

I absolutely love penguins, even though they don't live under the water I'd say they are sort of in that category haha But for actual underwater animals its a starfish.

What's your favorite thing about being a mermaid?

For me its a seeing the reactions of everyone, not just children but adults too. Their eyes light up and their mouths drop open. But also its the opportunities. When I made the decision to be a full time mermaid/artist I had no idea what I would be doing. But because of it I've worked with some of the most amazing people doing truly inspiring projects all over the world. 

Is conservation important to you?

Yes! When I first got started I didn't know much about conservation. But through working with the Virginia Beach Aquarium and my marine biologist friends I've learned so much! We've completely dedicated our tank show to know educate children on recycling and single use plastics.

How can we (your mermaid friends) help the ocean, our home?

There are so many things! Obviously trying to not use single use plastics is a great place to start! Talk to your local recycling plant to see what sort of plastics they recycle so we can do more. Hold trash clean up days, whether on a beach, road, or stream. Everything helps! 
Find Hyli on IG and follow her husband and photographer,  J.Berendt Photography. 

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