Sirens exist, the proof ... (Red Sea, Safaga, Egypt, October 2016)
Sirens exist, the proof ... (Red Sea, Safaga, Egypt, October 2016)

I met a mermaid

  Egypt: Red Sea - October 2016

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This is the first thing I notice when I step on the deck of the boat. A mermaid's tail, lying there, between two diving bags.

A mermaid tail on the bridge

I'm bending over to feel the object. It's soft and massive at the same time. The tail is yellow and blue, silicone, zebra-like and bristling with small fins. I lift the tail a little. It weighs. I'll learn later that the tail weighs 12 kg!

"You share your booth with Cindy, she owns the mermaid tail," teaches me. Phil Simhawho welcomes me aboard theExocet, moored in the Hurghada Marina, Egypt. Professional underwater photographer, diving and apnea instructor, he is the instigator of this week-long diving cruise in the Red Sea.

That's all he tells me. It's late, past midnight. My roommate, who came in earlier today, is already asleep. I struggle with the doorknob, sneak to my bunk as quietly as possible. I'd be remiss if I woke up a siren... ☺️ We'll get to know each other the next day!

Some get into the water with a bottle of compressed air, others with a mermaid tail ...
Some get into the water with bottles of compressed air, others with a mermaid tail ... (Red Sea, cruise on theExocet, October 2016.)
Cindy drops her mermaid tail on the deck.
Cindy drops her mermaid tail on the deck. (Red Sea, cruise on the Exocet, October 2016.)

Back to the Red Sea

Yes, it is. In this month of October 2016, here I am in Egypt for a "photo and snorkeling" themed diving cruise. With a mermaid on board, so. But I didn't know that when I made my reservation, at the last minute, learning that there was a last place available a few days before departure...

As for the rest, I knew just about what to expect: clear water at 28°C, only four-five hours' flight from Paris. The idea of being surrounded by photographer divers like me and the presence of freediver friends (Rémy and Audrey from Blue Addiction) have finished convincing me!

The cruise lasts six days and takes us to renowned dive sites in the Red Sea: Hurghada, Ras Mohammed, Brothers, Safaga ... (Egypt, October 2016)
The cruise lasts six days and takes us to famous dive sites in the Red Sea: Hurghada, Ras Mohammed and other sites in the North, Brothers Islands, Safaga... (Egypt, October 2016)

In addition, the Red Sea, I do not know very well. My only dives there, before this new trip, went back to November 2011 (It was also with photographers, those of Forum of the photo-sub).

I know, I'm very late in my stories, I have not finished telling my 2016 dives in Indonesia (Komodo and Raja Ampat in July, Triton Bay in March). The posts to come by the end of the year will be a mix of Red Sea and Indonesia, but so much the worse for the chronology! It's not every day you get the chance to photograph and film a mermaid underwater. I can't resist the pleasure to show you some pictures... 😉

Siren, it's a job

The mermaiding or sirenism, it is a new sporting leisure in vogue, and also a trade. Fun coincidence, my duck had just dedicated a beautiful portrait to a professional sirenten days before I met Cindy !

The sirenism, it is to evolve in apnea, the legs slipped in a tail of fish - gracefully, as to do. Cindy is Swiss, she is in her thirties and teaches mermaiding to adults and children in Neuchâtel (more info on his website Métisphère). She played the models in the Red Sea for us photographers. I'll let you discover what it's like, with the little video below:

It's really sporty, the mermaiding. Cindy's performances impressed me a lot. Immerse yourself several meters deep on a single inspiration, without a mask, eyes wide open, and waving gracefully with a silicone tail of 12 kilos while keeping the smile, it requires a hard training. Ariel can go get dressed.

How do you get into mermaidism? Out of passion. And a taste for challenge, too, I believe. Cindy has always loved water and is a top-level sportswoman: acrobatic rock, swimming, apnea... An engineer, she decided to change her life: "I wanted to devote myself to activities that corresponded more to my aspirations," she explains. She is now a naturopath, coach and mermaid! Quite a chick...

Unlike all of us on the boat, she had never breathed in a regulator (the thing that divers have in their mouths that makes bubbles): so she took advantage of the cruise to do her first scuba dive! And she even saw sharks. Disgusting, beginners' luck... 😁

Here! A fishtail to distract the divers at the landing ... (Red Sea, October 2016)
Here! A fish tail to distract the divers at the landing... (Red Sea, October 2016)
Sirens exist, the proof ... (Red Sea, Safaga, Egypt, October 2016)
Sirens exist, the proof ... (Red Sea, Safaga, Egypt, October 2016)
Cindy Guyot, mermaid free in the waters of the Red Sea. (Safaga, Egypt, October 2016)
Cindy Guyot, mermaid free in the waters of the Red Sea. (Safaga, Egypt, October 2016)
Swimming with a fishtail: an impressive physical performance ... (Red Sea, October 2016)
Swimming with a fish-tail: an impressive physical performance (Red Sea, October 2016)
Apnea sitting amid the bubbles of the bottle divers. (Red Sea, October 2016)
Apnea sitting amid the bubbles of the bottle divers. (Red Sea, October 2016)

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  Egypt: Red Sea - October 2016

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  1. Nice mermaid 🙂
    Besides, what did you think of your cruise? The number of boats on the spot on your first photos is a little scary. Not too cracked under water?

    By the way how under the corals. I had been in Hurghada for a good fifteen years, and many had already started sadly whitewashing.

    1. @Karl: I came back delighted by this cruise on the Exocet, with many fascinating things for me to photograph: besides the mermaid, long-legged sharks and a lot of spectacular wrecks ... The Red Sea is "exotic" for me, who I'm more used to the Indo-Pacific zone ...

      So, on this picture, unless I am mistaken, the spot where we are moored is the wreck of the Thistlegorm, very popular ... In any case, under water, I do not remember being embarrassed by other palanquées. We did not all get into the water at the same time, and a number of boats left before us ...

      Otherwise, there were many of us on the boat (about twenty divers), but each one evolved in autonomy, by small palanquées of 2-3, so it was very well. There were also tek divers with us, who lived their lives more deeply ... Frankly, from that point of view, it was very good.

      Otherwise, it's difficult for me to judge the state of the corals in Hurghada or elsewhere in the Red Sea, during this cruise of only a week. I have in any case made very beautiful images of coral reefs, which I will post soon. I've already put some here on Facebook:
      https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10157619108335158.1073741849.333947175157&type=1&l=7cf006276c
      There are very beautiful spots and very colorful, but I have not been able to see all the sites in Hurghada or elsewhere, I can not really give an informed opinion on the general state of the corals in the region ...

      Well, it's true that when I dive elsewhere than in Indonesia (in the Red Sea, but also in Polynesia or Mexico, for my other experiences), I always find that the coral is less spectacular and less exuberant, so General ...

  2. Unbelievable ! I had already seen docu on this kind of swimming, but it leaves me speechless.
    I think I would be unable to swim with my legs locked in a mermaid's tail.

    1. @Alimata: hi, hi ... The thing about cruise ships is that they often come together by genre: naiads and mermaids on one side, tritons and toad fish on the other ...
      Yes, I saw longimanus, very closely, I'll tell and show it in a future post ... New and fascinating experience, for me!

  3. The photos and the video are superb! I did not know that mermaid was a job, in any case I have not yet crossed in Lake Geneva!

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