Hannah Fraser is the world’s first ‘Freelance Mermaid’ working as an ocean environmentalist, underwater performance artist and model.
Hannah Fraser – aka Hannah Mermaid – is the world’s first professional mermaid
Hannah Fraser, known professionally as "Hannah Mermaid" swims among the coral reefs alongside dolphins, whales and sharks, and performs as a mermaid all over the globe. Hannah works with the Surfers For Cetaceans and Whaleman Foundation to end the slaughter and captivity of whales and dolphins, all the while inspiring others to put on tails and go “mermaiding” — which appears to be the latest activity growing in popularity with all ages.
Hannah is a strong role model of self empowerment for young women across the globe
Hannah Fraser is a world-acclaimed underwater mermaid and performance artist. She creates her own functional yet highly exquisite mermaid tails and also models and dances underwater. A dedicated Ocean activist, Hannah travels the world performing for charity projects to commercial ventures to bring awareness to the ocean and it’s precious animal life. Hannah performs in exotic locations appearing in numerous movies and shoots swimming in the open ocean with sharks, dolphins, whales, seals, manta rays and more.
Fraser is a passionate, driven adventurer, with an ability to emanate a gentle feminine power in the most challenging conditions. She is credited with inventing a whole new vocation, becoming the first ‘Freelance Mermaid’, working as an ocean environmentalist, underwater performance artist and model.
Fascinated by mermaids since she was a child, she created her first tail when she was only 9 years old. She now creates exquisite mermaid tails and travels the world performing underwater as a mermaid for film, television, advertising, events and environmental activism.
Hannah uses her unique link to the ocean to inspire and educate people on the importance of marine life. She is a strong role model of self empowerment for young women across the globe who see that she has made her dreams a reality, no matter how unlikely the odds! Check out Hannah’s Instagram, website and Facebook
Activist made her first mermaid tail at the age of 9, inspired by 1984 film ‘Splash’
Hannah has been featured in worldwide Media and Press Releases documenting her ocean conservation and mermaid performance art. She made her first mermaid tail at the age of 9, inspired by 1984 film Splash. She began performing as a mermaid in 2003. She has been featured in photo shoots, advertising campaigns and on film.
Her marine conservation activism has included campaigning against the overfishing and culling of sharks, dolphins and whales, and against unsustainable fishing practices and ocean pollution, often in conjunction with Eco organisations such as Greenpeace, Sea Shepherd, Surfers for Cetaceans and Blue Sphere Foundation.
Hannah appeared in the ecological documentary The Cove, which won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for it’s portrayal of the Taiji dolphin drive hunt.
In 2013, she was featured in an underwater fashion shoot with whale sharks in the Philippines, designed to publicise the ecological impact of the shark-finning industry on the shark population. Also in 2013, she starred in a conservation film, Betrayal, to campaign against the hunting of humpback whales with which she free-dived in Tonga.
That same year she night dived while breath-holding at 30ft depth with manta rays in Kona, Hawaii, to raise awareness of their non-protected status. To highlight her ecological message, Fraser and Shawn Heinrichs released Manta’s Last Dance, a video of Fraser’s free-dive performance with manta rays, just two weeks prior to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The video, played to CITES delegates, is cited as having contributed to manta rays securing worldwide protected status.
She appeared in the TV documentary film Great White Shark: Beyond the Cage of Fear in 2013, in which she free-dived with a mature great white shark while wearing a mermaid tail but notably had no armour or cage.
In 2014, she free-dived on a film shoot with tiger sharks, unarmored and without scuba gear, in order to highlight the Australian Government’s policy of culling tiger sharks to protect tourists. The decision to cull was later reversed. Fraser also appeared on the Discovery Channel alongside Sharkanado’s Tara Reid, where she was interviewed about her dive with tiger sharks and on 20/20 ABC News.
In 2015 in Valencia, Spain, she delivered a TEDx Talk as part of the United Nations’ World Oceans Day in which she explained her role as an ocean ecological activist.
Below: footage of Hannah Mermaid in her element.
Learn more about the benefits of mermaiding and mermaiding safety (seriously)
Mermaiding is a delightful, liberating and exhilarating activity. It is a growing trend in Europe, the US, Canada and in South-East Asia. In Australia, thousands of people are buying the fins and costumes they need to experience the joy of mermaiding. Yet, so far, there has been nowhere to turn to properly learn how to use the equipment correctly and safely. This link is here to fill that gap.