Melissa Dawn, known as Mermaid Melissa, makes her living as a professional mermaid. She entertains in her sexy and realistic mermaid costumes. She can hold her breath for up to five minutes at a time.
Melissa is an animal conservation advocate. She’s also found love with a merman.
Girl With A Dream
When she was little, Melissa would spend days reading books about marine biology and exploring the beach. That lead to a life-long fascination with the sea.
She is Physically Fit
As a free diving, swimming, marine biology, and CPR expert, Melissa is at the height of her physical fitness. She has great core strength. Because of her top physical condition, she is able to hold her breath for a long time.
Melissa considers herself a businesswoman. Her mission is to promote ocean education with underwater entertaining. She feels like the mermaid persona is her alter ego.
Melissa has a rehearsal pool in her garage. Her closet is full of glittery mermaid costumes, which can weigh almost 70 pounds. She’s legally changed her name to Mermaid Melissa.
An average human can last 40 seconds underwater. Melissa can stay underwater for almost 5 minutes. Even at the age of 12, she was able to stay underwater for two and a half minutes.
The Audience Think She’s Real
For ten years, Melissa has been an aquatic performer. Her costumes are so real and she can hold her breath for so long that the audience believes that she may actually be a real mermaid.
Raising Awareness For Manatees
Melissa swam with a manatee to bring attention to the importance of protecting Florida’s waters and the wild life that live there. It’s her passion to speak to large audiences about saving the oceans and preserving the environment.
Swimming With Manta Rays
She recently swam in the Great Barrier Reef with giant manta rays. She’s a free diver and mermaid for hire who is always living the mermaid lifestyle in and out of the water.
In Love With A Merman
Melissa is in love with Antonio Padilla, a fellow performer who dresses up as a merman for her shows. He can also be seen in Sea World in Orlando, Florida.
Watch a video featuring Mermaid Melissa below:
Learn more about preserving our oceans here: This Conservationist Encourages People to Swim with Sharks- The Reason Why is Surprising