Mermaid Melissa is a mascot for the sea who uses her aquatic lifestyle to promote ocean awareness through underwater videos and live appearances as a real life mermaid.
Melissa Dawn, who legally changed her name to Mermaid Melissa, has turned mermaiding into a lifestyle rather than just a career.
She spends her days swimming with marine wildlife and has reportedly even trained herself to hold her breath for five minutes.
She used a method of swimming called the dolphin kick underwater, which gave er the illusion of a mermaid tail and that was the reason that she was called Mermaid Melissa.
Her first attempt at being a mermaid was in 2004 but it took many years for this to take a more realistic form.