The Little Mermaid

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"LOOK AT THIS STUFF: ISN'T IT NEAT?!"
Ariel Comes to Life: Linden Wolbert, 2013's Real life Mermaid
 
 
Unique: Linden in Jelly Fish Lake in Palau, where the jelly fish have lost their sting, making it safe to swim among them
Linden Wolbert, 32, swims in Jelly Fish Lake in Palau, where the jelly fish have lost their sting, making it safe for her to swim among them.
 
 
Linden Wolbert travels the world as a full time professional mermaid and uses her custom-made 6ft tail to propel her through the water. The 32-year-old freediver and model can swim to depths of 115ft and uses her skills to promote ocean conservation and education.

Linden, from Los Angeles, California, says "I grew up as a water baby. My parents are both competitive swimmers. I always looked forward to going to the ocean for our summer vacation. I had a magnetism to the water.
"I've kind of always been a freediver but didn't realise the sport existed until ten years ago. Shortly thereafter, I when began training. Free diving is 70 per cent psychological. You have to be very calm and at ease in the water"
Breathtaking: Linden Wolbert, 32, from Los Angeles, swims with whale sharks using a 6ft-long hydro-dynamic tail she had custom-made
Breathtaking: Linden, 32, from Los Angeles, swims with whale sharks using the 6ft-long hydro-dynamic tail she had made by a Hollywood props specialist
 
Fantasy: Linden says she always dreamed of becoming a mermaid after growing up with films like The Little Mermaid and Splash - but it didn't become reality until she got to know Hollywood special effects artist Allan Holt
Real Life Fantasy: Linden says she's always dreamed of becoming a mermaid after growing up with films like The Little Mermaid and Splash - but it didn't become reality until she got to know Hollywood special effects artist Allan Holt
 
Beauty: Linden on a dive at the Rock Islands in Palau
Natural Beauty: Linden on a dive at the Rock Islands in Palau
Freediving: Linden, who can hold her breath underwater for up to five minutes, says that because she does not create bubbles like divers using breathing apparatus, sea creatures are less timid - and even swim calmly up to her
Freediving: Linden, who can hold her breath underwater for up to five minutes, says that because she does not create bubbles like divers using breathing apparatus, sea creatures are less timid - and even swim calmly up to her
 
They spent seven months working on the 35lb tail, which was made from a fibreglass mould of Linden's body. It involved sealing a monofin inside high-quality silicone to make it hydro-dynamic and effective in the water.

The thousands of fish scales were painstakingly sculpted individually by hand out of clay before they were duplicated in fibreglass and then the final mould was injected with silicone.
The whole project cost around £10,000 to complete.

Linden said: "I was introduced to Allan through a friend. He wanted my advice for an underwater music video. I happened to mention I'd always wanted a mermaid tail but had no idea where to begin"
Ethereal: Since being cut off from the Pacific Ocean, jelly fish numbers have multiplied in Jelly Fish Lake, thanks to the fact they now have no predators
Peaceful: Since being cut off from the Pacific Ocean, jelly fish numbers have multiplied in Jelly Fish Lake, thanks to the fact they now have no predators

Aquatic paradise: Linden swimming in Jellyfish Lake on the island of Palau, which used to be connected to the Pacific Ocean. Since it has been cut off, it has become home to millions of jellyfish because they have no risk of predators
Aquatic Paradise: Linden in Jellyfish Lake on the island of Palau, which used to be connected to the Pacific Ocean. Since being cut off, it has become home to millions of jellyfish because they have no risk of predators. The 12,000 year-old lake is the only place in the world where you can swim safely among them
 
Liberating: 'I love the feeling of freedom and weightlessness in the water,' Linden says. 'It's such a different sensation. It's very dream-like'
Liberating: '" love the feeling of freedom and weightlessness in the water" Linden says. It's such a different sensation. It's very dream-like"

Adventurous: 'I've been diving with sharks. With my tail, I'm longer than most of them. Many people think I'm crazy to swim with sharks but I'm always surrounded by an incredible safety team'Adventurous: 'I've been diving with sharks. With my tail, I'm longer than most of them. Many people think I'm crazy to swim with sharks but I'm always surrounded by an incredible safety team'
 
Stunning: The 32-year-old freediver and model can swim to depths of 115ft and uses her skills to promote ocean conservation and education
Stunning
 
"Allan said he'd help me straight away. We set a budget at the start but then things happened. It ended up being way over but it was worth it. My friends and family were all there the first time I used it in the water. I couldn't stop smiling. I couldn't believe it was finally happening"

Jellyfish Lake on the island of Palau, which used to be connected to the Pacific Ocean.

Since it has been cut off, it has become home to millions of jellyfish because they have no risk of predators. The 12,000 year-old lake is the only place in the world where you can swim safely among them - because the sea creatures have lost their sting.

Linden visited the lake, which is popular with snorkellers, during a two-week trip to the island. She said: " I had been on a dive that day and had left my tail drying. I always bring it with me wherever I go. A man came over to me and asked if I was the mermaid that went in the tail. I said yes and he told me his wife was a photographer and would love to photograph me"
 
"It sounded like a great idea so we got a boat out to the lake. It was so perfect. It was the coolest thing being surrounded by these golden pulsating creatures"

The images were taken by diver and underwater photographer Wendy Capili-Wilkie, who lives on the island. Linden has also posed for shots with extreme sports photographer Agustin Munoz, from Costa Rica, in Deadman's Cay, Long Island, Bahamas.
 
 
Special Effect: Linden working with artist Allan Holt on her mermaid tail.
Special effect: Linden working with artist Allan Holt on her mermaid tail
Special effect: Linden working with artist Allan Holt on her mermaid tail
 
Natural talent: Full-time mermaid Linden Wolbert says she was destined for her role given that both her parents are competitive swimmers
Conservationist: Linden Wolbert now travels the world as a full-time professional mermaid
 
Linden says she was destined for her role given that both her parents are competitive swimmers. Linden now travels the world as a professional mermaid


"I love the feeling of freedom and weightlessness in the water. It's such a different sensation. It's very dream-like. The power of the tail is amazing. I can go very fast. The 'wind' in my hair when I'm diving under water is like nothing else"

"I've been diving with sharks. With my tail, I'm longer than most of them. Many people think I'm crazy to swim with sharks but I'm always surrounded by an incredible safety team.

"The sea creatures are very inquisitive. They come up to me to take a closer look because I'm not blowing bubbles like divers."

As well as diving, Linden, who has a degree in film and science from Emerson College, produces her Mermaid Minute, an educational clips web series for children.

She offers her mermaid services to the Make A Wish Foundation, Reef Check Worldwide and several other non profits and charities.

Linden is also the 'mermaid to the stars' and has been hired to perform at a string of Hollywood parties, hosted by celebrities, including Jessica Alba and Justin Timberlake.

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The authenticity of this story, made me so happy that it needed to be reblogging {tagged under: ART & STYLE} and reminded me of the truest and most honest breathtaking possibilities of the meaning of life. Its always even more gratifying to see this actually happen in our "system" called "life". We may have no idea the real liberation, freedom, positivity, awareness of God, happiness, ease, calm, and no worries [etc]-- Linder possibly holds. She may very be the HAPPIEST HUMAN BEING ON EARTH, since most of earth's inhabitants who can think, have conscience, walk and talk may have never felt that feeling since being birthed!!!

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