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Mermaid spotted off Isle of Wight coast

Mermaid Athiraa from Sweden. Photo by Luke Bridgeman.

Mermaid Athiraa from Sweden. Photo by Luke Bridgeman.

Bonnie McLaren

bonniem@iwcpmail.co.uk

Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 10:00

YOU better see it to believe it — a mermaid has been spotted off the shores of Ventnor.
Seen swimming from Ventnor to Shanklin, the mermaid in question was Mermaid Athiraa — also known as Linda Agren — who hails from Sweden.
Linda was on the Island to visit her friend Elliot Nichols, but she couldn't resist trying her namesake gin at the Isle of Wight Distillery. 
Alongside her job teaching at a Swedish secondary school, the 27-year-old, who was born in the same year as Disney's The Little Mermaid, performs at children's parties.
"People are very curious when they see me swimming, and at parties I really make an effort with my costume and make-up to make the children believe they actually met a real life mermaid," she said.
"To see that glittering fascination in their eyes is what makes it all worth it, because I made their childhood a little bit more magical."
This is the second time Linda has visited the Island, but it sounds like she'll be back.
"I love the isle because I love the closeness to the sea. I would love to come back to the Isle of Wight to meet my friends, find inspiration, and breathe in the amazing culture surrounding the sea," she added. 

 


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