Pregnant Austin mermaid swims with sharks in the Great Barrier Reef of Belize

Mermaids swimming alongside sharks in pristine, exotic waters sounds like something out of a children’s book, but an Austin couple has made it a reality.

Jason Darling and Maria Russo of Sirenalia, an Austin-based mermaid production company that promotes their “mermaids are real” mantra through silicone tail production and event performances, took their whimsical talents to reefs in Belize.

Darling said he and Russo have traveled to the exotic country often. Their most recent trip earlier this year was a change from the norm since Russo was eight-months pregnant with the couple’s child.

While in Caye Caulker, the couple decided to produce a photo project that would benefit the place they love by showcasing Sirenalia’s talents.

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