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    Swimming with Manatees

    A week ago as part of filming for my documentary, Venessa and I got to swim with manatees as mermaids. In order to do this we secure appropriate permits, applicable insurance, got permission from the coast guard, and were supervised by "manatee watch" volunteers the entire time to ensure compliance with endangered species laws Believe it or not, we were allowed and encouraged to touch the manatees IF they approached us! (also we had a chartered experienced captain)

    We swam in the river for about 4 hours non-stop! We couldn't do the normal mermaid swimming because it would churn up the bottom making it too hard to see, and also we had to ensure we didn't bump into manatees and they were also tricky to see until they were right with you. They'd rise up from the bottom like ghosts.

    The manatees were covered in algae and liked having their backs rubbed, and there were a few with scars from boats. There were also some remora fish stuck to some of them. There were loads and loads of them but about 15 of them interacted with us. one kept following us around haha.

    They really liked my tail and would curiously nibble the streamers on my fluke (no damage!) and my hair haha.

    A big seacow brought her baby over to see us.

    One rose right under neath me, and another came right up to my face and sniffed it.

    I can't show you ALL the content because we are saving it for the documentary, but here's a little unedited informal clip and some pics














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    Oh my glob. This is amazing!! I love manatees!
    I really enjoyed the little teaser trailer. You all seemed so calm.
    Do you have an idea of when the documentary will be released?

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    What an incredible experience for you both. You both look so happy.
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    Sounds like good times. Thanks for posting!

    Maybe the manatees found you guys just as cool as you found them to be?

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    the doc is being finished in the next little bit, they have followed me around literally ALL year, it's like a year in the life type deal LOL. It goes into the editing in the new year. We are hoping to put it in some film festivals if it's ready in time before anything else. I will keep people posted

    It was a magical experience, and I do want to make sure people know we complied with all rules and like I said, were supervised by manatee watch. They don't normally let mermaids swim but we were able to get all the appropriate paperwork and permission and they made an exception for the film. But I suggest anyone do it as a regular person and snorkel! I plan to go back and do it as a regular snorkler again too so I can fully enjoy it and not be worried about shots. LOL

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    Another video!


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    Oh my gosh that sounds so amazing! It must've been lots of fun!
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