Mary McPhail the Mermaid

I think it’s a typo, I think they meant Merwhale.

Mary McPhail grown women deciding to quit the best job she has ever had (fact) as a Taxi receptionist at a call center, decided to quit her job and follow her dream to WIN at the  2012 Mermaid World Champion’chips …..SERIOUSLY I wish I was  joking!

I guess that’s why they have a vibrator called Mary the Mermaid …… cause she’s a dick

Treat yourself to this delicious in site about an over sized fish finger, and her amazing dream to become a whale

WORKING full-time in a taxi call centre, Mary McPhail felt like a fish out of water.

“It was really boring, really draining, because mermaiding is my passion,” she says.

So, after ditching the job and getting her tail into gear, life’s a beach now for the Oakleigh 28-year-old.

“I had always wanted to be a mermaid ever since I was a little girl and saw the movie Splash!” she says.

“I would make costume tails and pretend I was a mermaid, combing my hair and singing in front of my mirror.”

Now Mary – in the guise of Mermaid Aela – can be seen week in, week out mermaiding at bayside beaches – pier-sitting, rock-basking and dolphin swimming.

“People often say you’re too old for this, you’re too big, get away from your childhood fantasies and get over it.”

But Mary says they change their tune after seeing her swim like a dolphin on Facebook.

She said her dream was revived two years ago when she saw an US woman on the internet who made her own tails and swam mermaid-style. “I thought ‘I want to do that’. It reignited my imagination,” she says.

“I made my own tail and started mermaiding.”

She finally took the plunge this summer and now has a six-tail selection, some for diving, some for swimming, others just for looks to laze around in.

Mary McPhail and fellow Lilypad Lagoon member Katie Kaczko at the Oakleigh Recreation Centre. Picture: Eugene Hyland Source: Herald Sun
Mary McPhail and fellow Lagoon member Katie Laczko at Oakleigh Recreation Centre.

More than that, she has an adult dream of making a living as a mermaid at corporate gigs, birthday parties, anything …

Mermaiding, Mary says, is a worldwide trend.

She says it tones the muscles and trims down the waistline.

“The greatest thing so far was being on the beach during the school holidays. As soon as I put my tail on, about 30 kids just ran up to me. They were amazed.”

And when the smaller kids ask if she’s a real mermaid?

“I say ‘Yes, course I am’. Kids are great!”

And the rest of the time?

“I just swim, sit on the rocks, just lounge around, enjoy myself. Annoy the seagulls.”

Next time you’re at the beach you might spot this mermaid splashing about.

Mary McPhail ditched her job in a taxi call centre to be a mermaid. Picture: Alex Coppel Source: Herald Sun
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Next time you’re at the beach you might spot this mermaid splashing about. Mary McPhail ditched her job in a taxi call center to be a mermaid.

Source: Herald Sun



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