Freelance writer, mum of two who loves living in sunny Perth.
Published January 19th 2014
It's not every day you'll meet a mermaid
For many kids, the closest they'll get to seeing mermaids is when they set their eyes on Ariel, the treasured Disney mermaid princess. However, lucky girls and boys in WA can cast their net that bit wider, and enjoy seeing Mermaid Amelia or Mermaid Jessica Pearl at a beach near them this summer time.
Bringing joy to kids on the west coast, these friendly mermaids are creating a big splash at a host of beaches when the weather is fine and the waters are calm. Visits are normally organised in advance, and keen mermaid lovers can visit the mermaids respective Facebook pages to keep tabs on where the fishy females are going to show up. Recent beach visits have included Hillarys, Rockingham and South Beach.
To check when visits are scheduled check out here for Mermaid Amelia's site and here for Mermaid Jessica Pearl.
Making a splash at a beach near you - Photo from Mermaid Amelia Facebook
Neither mermaid receives any payment for the time and efforts spent entertaining and bringing joy to the kids of Perth, so if you are visiting the mermaids look out for the donation bucket and add a gold coin to the treasure so that the mermaids can look after their tails and manage the expenses of this pastime. Regrettably, being a mermaid is expensive business, so a donations page has been organised to offset costs such as tail repairs and travel expenses. Through this donations page, you can also organise special appearances from the mermaids if you have a party or event.
It's expensive business looking after a mermaids tail - Image from Mermaid Amelia Facebook
If you are taking little ones with you, some of the beach visits do get very busy and crowded. As such, take care to keep your kids in your sight, and once they've met the mermaids or had their photo taken with them, move along so that others can have their turn.