A group of women have quit their jobs to become permanent mermaids.
A community of people in Seattle, Washington, have decided to switch their life on land to live like the sea beings under water permanently, despite being "laughed" at for their lifelong ambition as a child.
Caitlin Nielsen - who was a biology graduate - has put her plan into action as she has set up a workshop where she handcrafts silicone tails, which she feels "awkward" when she isn't wearing the attachment.
Speaking to The Mirror Online, the 32-year-old said: "When I was in kindergarten and the teacher asked everyone to go around and say what they wanted to be when they grew up, I said 'a mermaid.'
"Everyone laughed at me and now here I am - I'm a mermaid. I'm literally a real life mermaid.
"Ever since I saw Disney's 'Little Mermaid' when I was very young and I also watched the movie 'Splash' with Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah.
"Both of my parents are marine biologists, so I grew up knowing a lot about the oceans, spending a lot of time at the sea shores and really feeling like I was meant to be in the ocean, so when I saw mermaid movies it sort of resonated with me.
"I do feel like my tail is a part of me, and I do actually feel like it is a prosthetic limb. I sometimes joke that I wear a prosthetic because I was born with a terrible birth defect - which is legs. When my tail is off I feel a little bit awkward. Suddenly I have legs and I don't know what to do with them. I feel extremely clumsy."
Caitlin isn't the only person to switch lifestyle as her friends Ed Brown, Tessie LaMourea and Morgan Caldwell have claimed they are the mystical creature.
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