The performance artist and activist mermaid
Mermaids. Girls always wanted to pretend to be one, and Hannah was no different. Hannah Fraser had always loved the water as a kid, and had made a mermaid tail to swim in as a kid. Her fascination with the water and mermaids as a child is now her passion in life to save all life as a demonstrator. Hannah created a tail with the help of friends and ideas from all over. This started as a job for Hannah, by modeling underwater and was a fun paycheck.
However, this all changed when she decided to attend an environmental protest in Byron Bay. In this protest, people were gathering to stop a overpass that was being planned that would disturb the local wetlands. This wasn’t the first time she attended a protest as she would often go into the forest dressed like a fairy to stop clear-cutting operations. This occasion, however, was water related so she chose to put on her tail. It helped open Fraser’s eyes to see another way to use her tail. “I thought ‘oh, I can use this for good! This is really cool,’” Fraser stated.
She gathered with friends in Taiji, Japan to conduct a ceremony for the loss of many dolphins and whales that occur in this supposed “dolphin loving” city. I have attached a video below and it does contain brief graphic moments due to the nature of this topics of the deaths of so many innocent dolphins. It was heartbreaking to witness such a sad and terrible event happening. It is however incredible to see these people going out into these areas to try and become the voices for these innocent creatures. I hope to see this change the pattern of senseless deaths of our marine animals.
The good news is this mermaid activist doesn’t always have such heart-breaking activist movements and also has some very cool movements such as the second video. Our mermaid is dancing and attempting to place a kiss on a great white shark. This was to prove that sharks, although they are dangerous and deadly creatures, they are not all bad. Most assume that they are killers, which isn’t entirely wrong, but they don’t just kill everything. This was Fraser’s point to prove on this occasion. Below you will see a video of Hannah dancing with sharks without a protective cage or any gear. It is truly an incredible sight. “I’d never even seen a shark before,” Fraser was quoted saying, “But I realized that being an advocate and a voice for the ocean, I couldn’t pick and choose. It’s all interconnected and if one species goes, the whole eco-food chain disintegrates and they’re all gone. So I had to stand up for the sharks.”
Fraser also says that this is not something that is to be done by just anyone. When she is assigned to photograph or be filmed with any species she takes a lot of preparation and uses meditation to keep herself calm at all times. She knows that this is something that can not be taken lightly. To create these amazing shots, it takes a lot of work. She is tethered to the ocean floor and has to hold her breath for 2-3 minutes at a time and relies on her crew to bring her air between shots.
Mermaids are becoming more popular as the tails are being sold as toys for kids to swim with and even schools are popping up to teach people how to swim in them. This will make her work harder as so many people are doing this, but she isn’t discouraged and plans to continue her activism work.
This is an incredible story and I hope that she will gain more and more support in her travels to help protect and save our marine life as we all feel the same way as she does here at ReefNation.
Watch video of a peaceful protest Hannah and her friends conducted:
To lighten the dark mood of the earlier video here is another protest that Hannah conducted, dancing with sharks: