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N.C. girl in a mermaid world; Burnsville native lives a life underwater


N.C. girl in a mermaid world; Burnsville native lives a life underwater KURE BEACH— Twenty feet below the surface of a natural spring, Lydia Byrd finds herself eyes wide open, blowing heart-shaped kisses, fulfilling her dreams. Byrd is a mountain girl living in a mermaid’s world, and loving it. Her underwater odyssey began in the …

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Los Angeles Times – Florida camp turns mom into mermaid after bout with cancer


Florida camp turns mom into mermaid after bout with cancer Few positives sprout from a bout with breast cancer. The first time I lay prone at the center of the “Star Wars”-like machine that would blast me with radiation, I made a conscious decision to banish fear from my brain and focus on my travel …

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Osceola News-Gazette


Mermaids in Orlando The world-famous Mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park are making a splash at SEA LIFE Orlando aquarium. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (through Oct. 21), the mermaids are diving into the aquarium’s tanks for special performances to mesmerize guests with their underwater ballet. To read the full article, click here

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Orlando Sentinel


Weeki Wachee’s mermaids to swim in Sea Life Orlando tank The Weeki Wachee mermaids are moving into Sea Life Orlando Aquarium for more than three weeks, starting Friday. The famed underwater performers frorm Weeki Wachee Springs State Park will swim amongst the permanent residents of the International Drive attraction, with performances at the top of …

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WTSP-Channel 10


Critically-ill child gets to swim with Weeki Wachee mermaids

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Garden & Gun


A Dip into Southern Mermaid History In small-town Florida in the 1950s, young women had three options, Vicki Smith says: “You got married, went off to school, or you became a Weeki Wachee mermaid.” Smith, who grew up near Weeki Wachee Springs, chose the last option. At age 17, she began swimming at the longtime Sunshine …

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BBC News


A legendary ‘mermaid’ still swimming at 78 A tourist destination in Florida has for seven decades wowed audiences with the magic of its mermaid shows. Janine Zeitlin speaks to one of these “legends” who reflects on what the job means to her, and why she still puts on her fins. Vicki Smith shrugs off signs …

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Washington Post


These ‘mermaids’ dance underwater for half an hour at a time By Sarah ScolesJune 17 at 7:30 AM The auditorium at Weeki Wachee Springs sits 16 feet underground. Long wooden benches face a thick glass wall, which stays shrouded in blue curtains, resembling ruched swimsuits. But three or four times a day, the curtains rise to …

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Great Day Live-Tampa


The magic of Weeki Wachee For 70 years, Weeki Wachee has fascinated and entertained Florida families. One of the last of the original Florida roadside attractions, Weeki Wachee survived the bulldozers and is now a Florida state park. John Athanason joined Great Day Live to talk about this Florida treasure, along with mermaid Charlene Amis. …

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Elite Daily


The Mermaids Of Weeki Wachee Springs Are Making Their Living Under The Sea When you declare your college major, there’s no box you can check to become a professional cat cuddler, ice cream taste tester, or cat video maker. Heck, you probably never even believed those kinds of careers could exist — but they do. …

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