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6. Mermaid Metamorphosis
The life of a mermaid sounds pretty excellent: engaging in philosophical discussions with sea horses, punctuating jokes with a sassy tail flip, enjoying a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids. If you, too, dream about being a highly glamorized manatee, the web offers a plethora of adult-size iridescent tails (peruse the2tails.com, finfunmermaid.com, or swimtails.com for options) and handmade "mermaid crowns"—tiaras adorned with seashells and gems. If you'd rather just dip a fin into this brave new world, try a mermaid swim class, where you'll learn how to master moving in a monofin. Visit (what else?) mermaidnews.net to find out where to make a splash near you.