Newport Aquarium hosting Weeki Wachee Mermaid exhibit

Newport Aquarium hosting Weeki Wachee Mermaid exhibit


TRAILING OFF THE TUESDAY’S COLD FRONT PUSHING THROUGH. THANK YOU, MIRIAH. A WHOLE NEW WORLD ON DISPLAY IN THE TRI-STATE. ♪ A WHOLE NEW WORLD ♪♪ YOU CAN VISIT THE MERMAIDS AT THE NEWPORT AQUARIUM. YOU WANT TO MEET A MERMAID? AND JOINING US IS JEFF AND ONE OF THE WEEKI WACHEE MERMAIDS. YOU DO THIS FULL-TIME? THAT’S MY JOB. YOU’VE COME UP TO NEWPORT. THANK YOU SO MUCH. NICE TO BE HERE. YOUR FIRST TIME IN THE MIDWEST. YES. THAT’S GREAT. IS IT DIFFICULT BEING A MERMAID? IT IS. WE MAKE IT LOOK EASY, BUT IT’S A WHOLE LOT OF TRAINING AND IT’S KIND OF MENTAL ATTITUDES, WEIRD BEING IN THE WATER FOR SO LONG. YOU MUST HAVE SOME SERIOUS LUNG CAPACITY? YEAH, YEAH, PRETTY GOOD. WE’LL SEE A VIDEO OF IT. AND YOU’VE GOT AN AIR HOSE THAT YOU CARRY AROUND. THAT’S ME. IS THAT YOU ON THE RIGHT? YEAH, I LIKE THE GREEN FIN, AS WELL AS THE BLUE ONE YOU’RE WEARING HERE. IT’S NEAT TO HAVE THESE FOLKS UP IN THE NEWPORT AQUARIUM, ISN’T IT? IT’S BEEN A GREAT BOOST TO OUR ATTENDANCE. FOR ABOUT THE PAST YEAR SINCE WE FOUND OUT WE WERE GOING TO GET THESE GIRLS IN, WE’VE BEEN GETTING PHONE CALLS LEFT AND RIGHT. WHEN ARE THEY COMING? WHEN ARE THEY COMING, WHEN ARE THEY COMING? IT’S BEEN EXCITEMENT AND ANTICIPATION. THEY’RE HERE FOR THE NEXT NINE DAYS AND HERE IS YOUR CHANCE. HERE IS YOUR CHANCE. YOU’RE GETTING A LOT OF STARRY-EYED LITTLE GIRLS IN? YESTERDAY WHEN THE FIRST DIVE HAPPENED AROUND 11 A.M., THERE WITH AS A HUGE GATHERING AROUND THE CORAL REEF TANK AND AS SOON AS THE FIRST MERMAID WENT INTO THE WATER, THERE WAS A HUGE REACTION OF, OOH, AND AH, AND AMAZEMENT. IT’S OUTSTANDING. TAYLOR, TALK ABOUT SWIMMING WITH THE FIN? IT’S WEIRD, IT WAS WEIRD AT FIRST, BUT I’VE BEEN DOING IT SO LONG, IT’S SECOND NATURE. CAN YOU MOVE IT FOR US. LOVE IT, THAT’S FANTASTIC. WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BE A MERMAID? I SAW THE SHOW THE FIRST TIME WHEN I WAS SIX AND PARK HAS BEEN OPEN SINCE 1947. WOW. EVER SINCE I SAW THE SHOW FOR THE FIRST TIME I WAS IN LOVE AND I ALWAYS SAID I WANT TO BE A MERMAID WHEN I GROW UP SO I DID. I THINK IN SO MANY PLACES IN OUR CULTURE, I REMEMBER THERE WAS A MA DONNA VIDEO THAT HAD A MERMAID AND THE MOVIE “SPLASH” MY KIDS WERE FASCINATED AFTER I SHOWED THEM THAT MOVIE. I HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR TIME IN THE TRI-STATE. THANK YOU FOR COMING IN AND TALKING TO US. THE WORLD FAMOUS WEEKI WACHEE MERMAIDS UNTIL OCTOBER 19TH. YOU CAN SEE THE MERMAIDS LIKE

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