Real Mermaid Maria is a free spirited artist and entrepreneur. She is the heart and soul of Sirenalia a production Mermaid company in Austin Texas. Her company is available for any events and also do a Mermaid retreat every February in Belize! Keep reading to find out more about the trip as well as a $150 discount code.
Meet Real Mermaid Maria
Where are you from?
I’m born and raised in Austin! I traveled a lot when I was younger and lived on a school bus as a circus performer, and even lived in Mexico for several years, I moved back to Austin when I was 27. I own a “mermaid production company” called Sirenalia!! We do everything Mermaid!! Please feel free to reach out via facebook, intagram or email!
Where did you learn your love for the water?
I was born with it. I could swim before I could walk. I’ve been making mermaid tails since I was 12!
Why do you love Mermaids so much?
I really love the sport of “Mermaiding.” It’s like this amazing combo of pageantry and extreme sport! I also just really love putting my creativity in a mermaid shaped box! The things I could create are so endless that I enjoy the limitations of creating mermaid things!
How long have you been using a Mermaid Tail?
I made my first tail when I was 12. My current tail was inspired by my two year old daughter! I let her pick the colors 🙂
What do you think people can learn from Mermaids?
Depends on the Mermaid!!! Some mermaids can teach you how to hold your breath, craft, build friendships, and even environmental stewardship. Some mermaids can teach you how to keep your head above water, even when they are trying to drown you! (not all mermaids are nice) If you don’t already really wanna do it, you probably shouldn’t. It’s a hobby that finds you!
What is your favorite Mermaid or ocean quote?
Don’t think i really have one! I do love this exchange in the film splash!! I totally relate!
Madison: You said whatever my secret was, you’d understand.
Allen: Yeah…but…Madison: You thought at least I was a human being.
What camps or mermaid gatherings have you been to or wish to go to?
Sirenalia Mermaid retreats!!! I LOVED EVERY PART!!!
Every year Sirenalia travels to Tobacco Caye, a tiny island in Belize. The cost provides rides from the Belize airport to the remote island, housing, meals, and photo shoots. Sirenalia brings their beautiful silicone tails for the use of all travelers. Get your tickets for a once in a life time chance to be a mermaid in one of the biggest barrier reefs in the world! Use the promotional code Molly150 for $150 off the price.
What ocean conservation efforts do you support?
We donate a portion of all of our profits to the Ocean Academy. Ocean Academy is the very first community high school on the island of Caye Caulker. Belize has the second-longest barrier reef in the world, and Caye Caulker’s economy has shifted from traditional fishing and boat-building to aquatic sports tourism and hospitality services.
Island youth needed equitable access to education, skills and knowledge to make wise development decisions. Ocean Academy prepares students for careers relevant to island tourism and conservation science. I think that teaching these kids to love the reef is the best chance we have of saving it. It’s a cause dear to my heart. Let me know if you want to chat more about it!
What are you favorite Mermaid theme items or clothing?
10. Any tips and tricks for fellow Mermaids? (Brands, accessories, tails, swimming, etc)
Eyelash glue and biodegradable glitter make for some real mermaid magic! It makes the glitter stay even when you are in the water!