Have you ever wondered if Mermaids are real? Well for those skeptics who say they don't exist - welcome to Weeki Wachee, a place that proves there really are Mermaids.
Mermaids, also known as Sirens, are mythical creatures who's top half is a woman and bottom half is a fish. One of their greatest talents is that they are able to breathe both in and out of the water which makes them all the more elusive & mysterious to humans. They are known for falling in love with handsome men, and pulling them beneath the water, to live with them under the sea.
Some cultures feel mermaids bring good luck and it is said, if you help return a lost mermaid to the sea, she will grant you a wish. It's also common folklore, that if you anger a mermaid, she will seek vengeance with storms, floods and tidal waves.
So welcome to Weeki Wachee, a City of Mermaids, the world's only enchanted springs, located on the Gulf Coast of Florida. The spring is so deep, the bottom has never been found. Each day, 117 million gallons of 72 degree, fresh spring water surges out of the cavernous bottom. This fabulous place opened in 1946 and is one of Florida's most historic roadside attractions. It hit it's stride in 1959, and became one of the country's most popular tourist attractions and women would come from all over the world for the privilege to audition as one of the Weeki Mermaids.
One of most fabulous things about Weeki Wachee is that it has transcended time and is still a popular attraction - with modern day Mermaids. It's so wonderful to see how something that began in 1946, with a 16 seat theatre can sustain itself and maintain it's originality and appeal to people who visit from all over the world.
So 64 years later..here's proof that Mermaids really do exist......
A color brochure from the early years
|Mermaids from 1947|
Love this shot - you can see the hose she used to breathe.
This was revolutionary at that time.
Elvis visited while filming "Follow that Dream"
Love The King's smile
Photographs from brochures
in the early years
Modern Day Mermaids
Is that a whale? No - it's Larry the Cable Guy - swimming with the Mermaids in April 2010
Somehow - I don't think he is going to be a permanent Mermaid
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