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'Real-life' mermaid swims with tiger sharks to promote conservation

Real-Life Mermaid Swims With Tiger Sharks To Promote Conservation

You could call her a professional mermaid of sorts. One woman risked her life to swim with some of the most dangerous sea creatures in the world.

Dressed in only a tiny costume with no diving gear whatsoever, ABC reports 38-year-old Hannah Fraser dove 25 feet underwater off the coast of the Bahamas to dance with tiger sharks on the ocean floor.

Fraser's shark dance was filmed for "Tears of a Mermaid," a documentary featuring Fraser and award-winning cinematographer Shawn Heinrichs that stresses the importance of shark conservation.

SHAWN HEINRICHS: "The idea of the project is to take Hannah, take her and put her in a position where she can show a human connection, a really close human connection."

HANNAH FRASER: "It's easy to connect with a happy dolphin. This is not easy. But it's necessary."

Not easy is right. Fraser, who lives in Los Angeles, even reportedly said goodbye to her family before the shoot just in case she didn't make it back alive.

Metro quotes her as saying, "I was feeling very anxious the first time I got into the water. The most important aspect was knowing how their minds worked, finding out what triggered them to use their mouths and teeth to inspect or react to situations."

Tears of a Mermaid - On Location: "Tigress" Tiger Shark Shoot, The Bahamas from NINETEEN87 on Vimeo.

But she's done performances like this dozens of times. According to her website, Fraser is a professional underwater mermaid who swims with sharks, dolphins, whales and more to "bring awareness to the ocean and it's precious animal life."

She even has a mermaid tail that she wears during performances, like in this video posted to her YouTube account. She had to leave it behind during this latest venture with the tiger sharks for her own safety.

According to National Geographic, tiger sharks are some of the most dangerous sharks known to man - they're fierce predators that will eat just about anything.

As International Business Times reports, the sharks have been threatened by fishing for years, but they're now also being culled, or captured and killed, after attacking swimmers in Australia.

Despite their dangerous nature, Fraser told ABC humans shouldn't fear tiger sharks or any other sea creatures, and that they deserve our protection.

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diver741 June 11 2014 at 12:04 PM

I have been diving for years. Been down with sharks many times, albeit with a tank and fins.

If you understand the protocol, you should not be in harm's way. And believe me, it's pretty cool swimming in the same area with those guys.

I was more afraid of a giant Lionfish I encountered in Tahiti--and they swim around 2 feet an hour. Extremely poisonous though.

The basic premise of what she is doing is very important. Our seas our dying. And when they are gone, we will be gone.

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stafokused June 11 2014 at 12:49 PM

Dumb There must be a million ways to get the message across other than to offer one's self up as fish food. Bravery, I don't think so, stupiity, yes.

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clark June 11 2014 at 11:20 AM

Fish food.....another back to nature ding bat.After one of her "Friends" bite her in half,every body will be howling to kill the shark....,,never get out of the boat,,,,,,

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Raquel June 11 2014 at 11:15 AM

what a true hero and so proud of her bravery and courage to speak up for endangered marine life. Human kind can't help but to pillage these areas for their own greed and profit. taking everything thats not theirs, destroying the system and beauty of life underwater. Thanks Hannah! I wish there were more mermaids and more people like you taking action and speaking up!

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Kathryn June 11 2014 at 1:19 PM

Stupidity need not be the poster child for shark conservation.

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venturamickey Kathryn June 11 2014 at 2:51 PM

A fish or a shark who cares its food.

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captkrt33 June 11 2014 at 11:10 AM

It just seems like there are better ways to promote the conservation of sharks without swimming with them and putting your life in danger. Yikes!

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Dave Manger1 captkrt33 June 11 2014 at 12:36 PM


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h3horneh3 June 11 2014 at 11:48 AM

something fishy about this whole story

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ppllaanntt June 11 2014 at 12:21 PM

What a retard......seriously.

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ed bowden ppllaanntt June 11 2014 at 8:47 PM


That's the only despicable comment you can come up with?

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Buckingham's June 11 2014 at 11:42 AM

I'd like to risk my life to dive with HANNAH!

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smc264 June 11 2014 at 11:51 AM

Dumb ass shark,,,,,,,I'd eat her !!!

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