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Aug 18, 2017

Splash! Life as a mermaid

Splash! Life as a mermaid

In Brazil, the mythical creature of the sea is quite real: women turn to mermaiding for an emotional lift and for fitness, incorporating free diving and underwater dancing skills.

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Mermaid and diving instructor Luciana Fuzetti trains whilst wearing a mermaid tail in the Tijucas Islands in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil July 22, 2017. PILAR OLIVARES/REUTERS

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Mermaid Carol Catan visits the Disabled Child Care Association (AACD) in Sao Paulo, Brazil June 8, 2017. PILAR OLIVARES/REUTERS

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Mermaid and diving instructor Luciana Fuzetti trains whilst wearing a mermaid tail in the Tijucas Islands in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil July 22, 2017. PILAR OLIVARES/REUTERS

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Mermaids pose for spectators in Sao Paulo Aquarium, in Sao Paulo, Brazil June 8, 2017. PILAR OLIVARES/REUTERS

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Mermaid instructor Thais Picchi swims underwater in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil May 28, 2017. PILAR OLIVARES/REUTERS

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Mermaid Carol Catan unpacks her costume during a visit with children at she visits the Disabled Child Care Association (AACD) in Sao Paulo, Brazil June 8, 2017. PILAR OLIVARES/REUTERS

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A mermaid lesson takes place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil May 28, 2017. PILAR OLIVARES/REUTERS

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A student participates in a mermaid lesson in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil May 28, 2017. PILAR OLIVARES/REUTERS

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Mermaid tails are hung up during a mermaid lesson in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil May 28, 2017. PILAR OLIVARES/REUTERS

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Girls participate in a mermaid lesson in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil May 28, 2017. PILAR OLIVARES/REUTERS

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Mermaid and diving instructor Luciana Fuzetti helps fishermen to pull a net on Itaipu beach in Niteroi, Brazil, July 13, 2017. PILAR OLIVARES/REUTERS

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Girls prepare to take part in a mermaid lesson in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil May 28, 2017. PILAR OLIVARES/REUTERS

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A woman takes a photograph of a girl as she participates in a mermaid lesson in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 28, 2017. PILAR OLIVARES/REUTERS

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A girl prepares to take part in a mermaid lesson in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil May 28, 2017. PILAR OLIVARES/REUTERS

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Mermaid instructor Thais Picchi poses for a photograph in the sea at Arpoador beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil June 6, 2017. PILAR OLIVARES/REUTERS

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