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Do you have what it takes to be a mermaid? Weeki Wachee is holding auditions

A performer at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park interacts with a fish as she swims in the spring.
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The Weeki Wachee Mermaid Show has been a park attraction since 1947. Auditions to become a mermaid performer will be held Saturday, Jan. 28.

Here's how to apply to become a mermaid at Weeki Wachee, which is celebrating 75 years of mermaid shows.

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is famous for its underwater mermaid shows. But where do the mermaids come from?

A job posting you'll only find in this part of Florida offers a clue.

According to the park's Facebook page, auditions to become a mermaid will be held Sat., Jan. 28.

Weeki Wachee celebrated its 75th year earlier this month. On Jan. 12, the park unveiled 28 new mermaid statues as a part of the "Mermaid Tale Trail" exhibit.

The mermaid shows have been an attraction of Weeki Wachee Springs since 1947. The mermaids swim in the depths of the spring, while the audience watches from a 500-seat theater 16 feet below the water's surface.

Visitors can watch the mermaids perform every day at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. during the month of January.

According to the park's announcement, the mermaid auditions will include a swim endurance test and an underwater audition. The process may take up to two hours. Mermaids will receive a starting salary of $15 per hour.

Applicants must turn in a resume and a state application in advance, and must be at least 18 years old. Applications and resumes should be sent to Kelley.Parker@floridadep.gov.

Joanna Keen is the WUSF Stephen Noble Digital News intern for spring of 2023.