I was watching The Travel Channel yesterday where they featured "Extreme Roadside Attractions". Yes, I tend to have a lot of time on my hands. One of the segments featured a place I'd never heard of, Weeki Wachee. This attraction features an underwater show with mermaids - so cool!
These mermaids perform routines in the natural springs of this Florida location at 72 degrees some 16-20 feet below the surface. And, they do this without scuba gear. Since 1947, these mermaids have entertained some 35 million visitors daily only with the support of a hose that pumps compressed air into their lungs.
Each mermaid, before she earns her fins, has to complete rigorous training schedule for 6 months. Once she has earned her scuba certification, perfected the use of the hose and the routines, she becomes a part of this unique show. In addition, she has to learn to deal with the wildlife that also call Weeki Wachee Springs home - like fish and turtles.
Wacky! I'm definitely adding Weeki Wachee to my bucket list.