First mermaid convention goes swimmingly

Mrs Morgan’s Florilegium, transit of Venus, Natalie Waddell, Nat Waddell,

Can’t believe I missed this!

The first mermaid convention was held in Las Vegas on Friday, August 12, at the Silverton hotel in Las Vegas, which houses a 117,000-gallon aquarium filled with sharks, fish and performers dressed as mermaids.

Before now, those interested in mermaids have taken their hobby to renaissance fairs or pirate-themed events, said Stephanie Sims, operator of, which hosted the International Mermaid Pageant at the convention.

That enough interest exists to attract vendors and some 800 guests suggests mermaids may be growing in popularity, Sims said.


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