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    • Half Fish, All Woman: Charming Mermaids Take to Life in Brazil
    • Half Fish, All Woman: Charming Mermaids Take to Life in Brazil
    • Half Fish, All Woman: Charming Mermaids Take to Life in Brazil
    • Half Fish, All Woman: Charming Mermaids Take to Life in Brazil
    • Half Fish, All Woman: Charming Mermaids Take to Life in Brazil
    • Half Fish, All Woman: Charming Mermaids Take to Life in Brazil
    • Half Fish, All Woman: Charming Mermaids Take to Life in Brazil
    • Half Fish, All Woman: Charming Mermaids Take to Life in Brazil
    • Half Fish, All Woman: Charming Mermaids Take to Life in Brazil
    • Half Fish, All Woman: Charming Mermaids Take to Life in Brazil
    • Half Fish, All Woman: Charming Mermaids Take to Life in Brazil
    • Half Fish, All Woman: Charming Mermaids Take to Life in Brazil
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    Carol Catan turned to life as a mermaid in 2012, after 10 years of veterinarian work. Now known as Sereia Carol (Mermaid Carol), she is portraying a mythical creature of the sea and teaching mermaiding.
    Photo: A student participates in a mermaid lesson in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 28, 2017.

    Have you ever heard of mermaiding, the art of being a real mermaid? Not only is it beautiful, it can also be a rewarding activity: some sirens use their charm for noble causes, for example to cheer up children with disabilities.

    While a lot of people were inspired as kids by the 1984 movie "Splash" or the 1989 animated film "The Little Mermaid," only a few decided to go on to become real mermaids as grown-ups. Take a look at these Brazilian mermaids who "grew" their own fins and tails to add some magical beauty to their own and other people's lives.

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