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A “mermaid” seen swimming off the southwest coast Bath City News

A mythical sea creature has become the topic of conversation in a southwestern town after a surprise sighting in the sea.

Despite sightings of cruise ships, whales and dolphins that normally capture the attention of local residents, this time they spotted something different in the waters.

Over the holiday weekend, a “mermaid” was spotted swimming in the sea in Torbay with a “newt”, Devon Live reports.

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The identity of the “mermaid” has since been revealed as Pauline Barker, the founder of Devon and Cornwall Wild Swimming.

The 57-year-old Plymouth woman, who describes herself as a part-time mermaid, had taken a boat trip to celebrate a friend’s 60th birthday.

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She said: “It was just for fun with friends. We hired a yacht in Torquay and decided to play as mermaid and mermaid. We left from Torre Abbey Sands and went to Ansteys Cove yesterday.

“We went around all the yachts trying to brandish champagne but no one had any!

“It just made people smile. The kids who saw us loved it. The adults were a little puzzled at first and kept laughing.

“I walked up to a lady floating on an inflatable unicorn and said, ‘You know you’re a mythical creature?’, The mermaid said to the unicorn!”

The ‘mermaid’ seen diving into the water (Image: Devon Live)

The mermaid tail that Pauline wears was made around six years old especially for her by a woman from Perranporth, Cornwall.

Describing the challenge of swimming in it, she said, “Once you get there it’s pretty restrictive. It’s hard to swim because it brings your legs together.

“It’s an art, but I’m a very experienced swimmer and I was a synchronized swimmer, so I’m quite capable of lifting my legs in the air and flapping my tail.

“It was just nice to be in the water again having fun and making people smile.”

Devon and Cornwall Wild swimmer Pauline Barker (Image: PCross)

Pauline now plans to provoke an even bigger backlash by staging a Guinness World Record attempt for the biggest gathering of mermaids next year.

She had planned to do so in 2020, but this has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and hopes to be joined by 400 “sirens”.

Pauline started Devon Wild Swimming in October 2010 after completing 17 marathons and various triathlons in the previous nine years. His knees decided it was time to change sports.

Devon ‘mermaid’ Pauline Barker (Image: Devon Live)

She has always been a swimmer, mostly in the pool, but it didn’t give her the same energy as a marathon. She looked around, found a few like-minded people, and started in the sea.

She has crossed the Channel five times and her longest swim was 16.5 hours, crossing the nearly 11 mile length of Lake Windermere, round trip.

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This notice was published: 2021-09-01 14:45:58

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