Florida Man Spends $1,581 To Transform Himself Into A Real Life Merman

April 20, 2018 lilit 0 Comments

Sebastian the cartoon crab once sang "life is much better down where it's wetter", and it's a phrase which some people have taken very literally. While most of us only ever fantasized about being merpeople for a short period of our childhoods, one man has made his dream a reality.

After being inspired by The Little Mermaid as a child, 24-year-old Christian Riel went on a mission to become a real-life merman two years ago and this involved making a custom (and might I add fully functional) tail that set him back a cool $1,581 (£1,120).

The college student now wears his tail whenever possible - whether that involves taking a soak in his bathtub, swimming pool, the ocean, or, as was the case in this series of pictures, posing for sultry snaps that probably made Posiden's daughters weak at the knees... or fins.

"Disney's Little Mermaid made me discover my love for the ocean and the sea," he explained.

"I've lived in Florida for two years and drove out to the ocean whenever I had the time," the 24-year-old continued.

"I just love sitting by the shore and love swimming in the salty sea water."

Incredibly, Christian is not the first man to turn himself into a merman, and his love of the sea transformed into the dream of becoming a merman after he discovered a group like-minded people on Instagram two years ago.

"About two years ago, I found some mermaid/merman Instagram pages and that's when I realized I [wanted] to be a merman, too," he said.

"I love the water and I love swimming with and without the tail. Wearing it makes you so much faster and it's just an awesome feeling of liberty."

Now, Christian regularly posts about his life as a merman on Instagram, showing videos of himself unboxing his custom-made tail and posing in a Mermaid University sweater, obviously.

Christian's tail was inspired by the Australian TV show H2O: Just Add Water. However, the final design was entirely his own creation, and he came up with a concept for the back, front and side for designers.

"Public pools don't allow regular fins so they wouldn't allow mermaid tails, but I do have my own pool and I love to swim in lakes and in the ocean," he said.

While being a merman is a big part of Christian's life, he also has other ambitions and hopes to become a teacher one day. He also owns horses who he tends to when he's not busy under the sea.

Life as a merman, however, does have its downsides. The 24-year-old admitted that his tail can be uncomfortable and swimming eventually takes its toll on his eyesight.

"I suffer from pain in my ankles when wearing my tail longer than an hour and after a couple of hours swimming my eyesight gets blurry because of salty sea water or chloride," he said.

"I'm just happy that all my friends and family love me being a fish and love to go swimming with me and enjoy taking one hundred pictures of me as a creature from the deep blue sea."

"I love my life; not just because I love being a merman, but because I always do what I want to do and what I love to do. I guess that's why I'm such a happy fish."

"Most people are super sweet, interested and want to take pictures. I've never had to deal with any negative reactions."

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