- Linden Wolbert, 32, from Los Angeles, travels the world as a full-time professional mermaid
- Hydro-dynamic tail, which weighs 35lb, took seven months to make and cost £10,000
- Freediver and model can swim to depths of 115ft
- Uses skills to promote ocean conservation and education
Meet the real life mermaid who swims with jellyfish and can hold her breath under water for up to five minutes
Freediver and model can swim to depths of 115ft and uses her skills to promote ocean conservation and education.
Linden, from Los Angeles, California, said: ‘I grew up as a water baby. My parents are both competitive swimmers.
‘I always looked forward to going to the ocean for our summer vacation. I had a magnetism to the water.
‘I’ve kind of always been a freediver but didn’t realise the sport existed until ten years ago. Shortly thereafter, I when began training.
‘Free diving is 70 per cent psychological. You have to be very calm and at ease in the water.’
Over the course of her self-created career as a professional mermaid since 2005, Linden has spent the better part of her life truly living ‘the life aquatic.’ This real-life mermaid who has a passion for ocean “edutainment” is sharing the magic of our blue planet with anyone who crosses her path. Contagiously enthusiastic, Linden travels the globe in search of unique underwater habitats, unusual creatures and is addicted to the beauty and mystery of the big blue. Finding creative ways to share her love of the sea with others, she rarely swims with two legs.
She prefers the aid of her mermaid tail, which propels her through the water at remarkable speeds, or one of the monofins she designed for Body Glove. A skilled freediver, she can hold her breath for an astounding 5 minutes, and dive to over 115 feet down and back up on a single breath of air.