Whale Watch: Hannah Mermaid swims with the fishes

GATW Guest Writer

August 8th, 2010

Whenever any news surfaces in the world of entertainment that has anything to do with whales, we've got it covered. We'll also just tell you about any cool stuff involving the world's largest mammal and we might even adopt a whale or two in the process.

Hannah Fraser made her first tail at nine-years old. Her (very cool) mother let Hannah bind her legs and jump into the pool with her new contraption (and boundless imagination) to test it out. Fraser eventually graduated to the Australian Ocean, and she's been swimming like a mermaid ever since. She refined and updated her specially designed tail in 2002 - using two coat hangers, flippers and duct tape inside wetsuit material - that now allows her to swim and undulate with the same effectiveness and propulsion as some of the fastest sea creatures of the deep. GATW managed to catch up to her recently, in the form of an underwater YouTube video capturing a magical moment where Hannah Mermaid (her professional name) swims alongside a small pod of whales. The footage is absolutely stunning.

Take a look at the incredible video (plus a great photo of Hannah with a certain Hollywood icon) after you freestyle past the jump!

Astoundingly beautiful. Can you imagine getting to do that yourself? Hannah not only has a connection with the water but also to Hollywood. She appeared in last year's Oscar winning documentary THE COVE - Fraser was accosted and captured by fishermen in Taiji, Japan as she protested the slaughter of dolphins. She has turned her passion into a full-time job and performs at aquariums all over the world; she is an activist who regularly campaigns to protect the ocean environment; she is also really, really hot.

In her adventures, she's met a wide array of celebrities in the world of film, so it was naturally only a matter of time before Hannah Fraser met Madison from SPLASH a.k.a. Daryl Hannah...

Strangely, it doesn't appear that Hannah Mermaid has spoken out about the BP oil spill, but feel free to go out and grab the "Oil-covered LITTLE MERMAID shirt" just as soon as it's back in stock. Daryl Hannah visited Ecuador's oil region when Chevron Texaco was being stingy about paying out damages after ruining the environment, but she has yet to formerly speak out on the BP fiasco in the Gulf. Mermaids unite! We need you guys, man!

Swim over to the official website of Hannah Mermaid (how can she type with those fins?) here and say hello. And please consider donating to SavetheWhales.Org if you feel so inclined. We like to give back a little here at Gordon and the Whale. Thanks for reading and we'll see you next time.

Sources YouTube, HannahFraser.com, 20/20

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    Correction: the word “formerly” in the second to last paragraph should be “formally”. Apologies.

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