Interactive mermaid performances are an increasingly popular form of entertainment at aquariums, attracting the attention and love of audiences. Those who play mermaids must meet both physical and diving certification criteria to operate. Even though we have extensive experience, incidents or mishaps during work can still happen to coastal fairies. And this just happened at a large aquarium at Cresta Shopping Center, in Randburg, Johannesburg, South Africa, making millions of people hold their breath.
Accordingly, Gabriela Green-Thompson is swimming around the pool to perform. She even dived to the bottom of the pool, waved and blew kisses to many spectators watching. The incident happened a few seconds later. While rising to get air, the mermaid’s tail got caught in a decorative device, causing her to be sprayed with glue on the spot. She tried to struggle but failed, so she decided to tear off her tail to get up. Thanks to her timely and intelligent reaction, the girl narrowly escaped the dangerous situation. It is known that this emergency technique is called “tail evacuation”.
The clip sharing the process of self-rescuing the mermaid attracted millions of viewers. People also congratulated her on escaping a memorable “occupational accident”.
It is known that mermaids’ artificial tails are usually made of two materials, fabric tail and silicone tail. Most professionals believe that fabric tails are safer because they have a quick release system if they encounter danger. The tail is made from silicon like a second layer of skin, so it takes a while to remove.