Caitlin Nielsen remembers how she told her kindergarten teacher she wanted to be a mermaid when she grew up and the entire class had laughed. But look who the joke is on now, Caitlin is 32 years old and is finally living her dream by being part of a ‘secret’ community of people who identify as part-human, part-fish and call themselves merfolk.
Watching the Disney movie The Little Mermaid did set goals for many but did anyone really achieve their dream? No. Except for Caitlin who was determined. In 2015, Caitlin who is a biology graduate, quit her job so she could focus full-time on being a full-time mermaid.
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Under her mer name of ‘Cyanea’, Caitlin earns a living running mermaid workshops and creates majestic silicone tails. But she refers to her tail a part of her as a ‘prosthetic limb’.
“I do feel like my tail is a part of me, and I do actually feel like it is a prosthetic limb. I sometimes joke that I wear a prosthetic because I was born with a terrible birth defect – which is legs.”