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Disney's new "Little Mermaid" drives a wave of business for the mermaid industry

May 26, 2023
The new film is expected to pull in more than $100 million at the box office. But the movie industry isn’t the only one getting ready for it.
Del Scott, aka Merman Del, watches Andy Vargas, aka Merman Andy, swim at a merperson meetup in Washington, D.C. Mermaid tails can cost thousands of dollars.
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Want to perform your own version of "The Little Mermaid"? These sisters will sell you a tail

May 26, 2023
Disney’s live-action "The Little Mermaid" is expected to bring in big bucks at the box office — and for the real-life mermaid industry, which is an actual thing.
Twin sisters Bryn Decker and Abby Roberts take photos and videos of professional mermaid Danielle Houston in their newest tail design, "Ariel's Melody."
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