Professional Mermaid Dances With Sharks, Says Humans Are 'The Real Dangerous Predators'

Hannah Fraser is a professional mermaid and an ocean conservation activist who makes compelling videos combining these interests.

In the latest, Fraser consorts with enormous tiger sharks -- commonly said to be the second-most dangerous shark around -- while wearing a dark wig, bikini and tiger shark-style body paint that she says was designed to help her blend in with the 15-foot-long animals, so they wouldn't mistake her for a fish. (Usually, she's blonde and wears a mermaid tail.)

Fraser has no air tank -- she told a U.K. newspaper she can hold her breath for two minutes underwater -- and, no, despite the nickname "maneater sharks," these creatures do not seem to take her for food.

Fraser, who's 38 years old, is from Australia and now lives in Los Angeles. She says she made the video, which was shot at a popular diving spot in the Bahamas, to raise awareness about a controversial Australian shark cull that could kill more than 25 great whites and 900 tiger sharks.

For perspective: about 100 million sharks are killed by humans every year. In 2013, there were 10 fatal shark attacks worldwide; two were in Australia. Scientists say the Australian culls are likely ineffective in preventing future attacks.
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  1. Anonymous says:

    So beautiful!!!!!<3

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