Looking for a job where you can make a big splash? How about becoming a professional mermaid?
The Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is holding auditions on Jan. 13 for people with the will, desire and lungs to work as professional mermaids.
The current mermaid menagerie is 17 mermaids and three princes who perform two shows a day, 365 days a year.
Park spokesman John Athanason expects at least 50 women will show up for the first part of the audition. It’s so grueling that he predicts a lot of them will wash out quickly.
“It’s not easy what they do, and a lot of girls find that out” at the audition, Athanason told the Tampa Bay Times.
“It’s an inherently dangerous job, and you need to be able to not only save yourself, but save a colleague,” Athanason told the Tampa Bay Times.
Then there’s another audition in which the aspiring mer-people must show they can do water ballet moves, like flips, without looking “panicky.”
“It’s all about how comfortable they are,” Athanason said. “We encourage everyone, from every background.”
Applicants must be at least 18 and available to work at least four days a week.
But it’s not a job for people who want liquid assets: It pays only $10 an hour, according to AP.