If you’ve ever dreamed of having a tail instead of legs and spending your days underwater, Netflix’s latest documentary series is for you.
“MerPeople,” a four-part series from director Cynthia Wade, features mermaid performers and enthusiasts around the United States. Of course, there is a strong Tampa Bay tie.
According to Netflix, “MerPeople” revolves around a handful of aquatic storylines within the “half-billion dollar mermaiding industry.”
There’s Mertailor Eric Ducharme, who built a business crafting custom mermaid tails inspired by his childhood visits to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.
The Blixunami, a “nonbinary merm,” shares their journey of turning a childhood fascination into a growing career.
Another subject is Morgana Alba, a pro mermaid who founded Circus Siren Pod and is focused on educating folks on safety during underwater performances.
And performer Brittany Sparkles reveals the life of a “landlocked mermaid,” finding a way to shine underwater despite being based in Arkansas.
Especially exciting for Tampa Bay viewers: The series features Weeki Wachee Springs’ 75th anniversary celebration. There are also appearances from retired local mermaids.
The series is already streaming on Netflix, making it the perfect Memorial Day weekend binge. Watch the trailer here: