Wild Voices: dancing with tiger sharks and humpback whales, Hannah Fraser

Hannah Fraser is the world’s leading underwater dancer and mermaid. Hannah uses her incredible abilities to create breathtaking photos and videos drawing attention to the plight of marine wildlife.

In fact Hannah Fraser (or Hannah Mermaid (@HannahMermaid) as she also likes to be called) created the vocation of ‘freelance mermaid’ and has been featured worldwide for her underwater ocean conservation and performance art, creating her own spectacular tails, performing for film, music videos, campaigns, photo shoots, public speaking events, festivals & environmental actions. She swims with sharks, whales dolphins, seals, turtles, rays and more in the open ocean.

Hannah can hold her breath for minutes at a time and freedive to depths of over 50 feet. She broke records as the first person to dance with Tiger Sharks on the ocean floor with no scuba or snorkel gear, and was part of an activist group who paddled out to protect dolphins from slaughter in the academy award winning film ’The Cove’.

She has worked with my previous guest, Shawn Heinrichs (underwater cameraman and photographer) and together they released a short film called Mantas Last Dance that propelled Manta rays into the public eye and helped pass a law to protect mantas worldwide.

She is an advocate for ocean protection, female empowerment, animal conservation and universal love!

In this incredible conversation we talk about where her passion for the oceans stems from, how she thinks we can reconnect with marine wildlife and of course she describes some of her incredible experiences dancing underwater with humpback whales, tiger sharks and manta rays.

You can find more about Hannah at her website http://www.hannahmermaid.com.

Here are just a few of her incredible videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHY1gYZdyy0 (TEDx talk)

The Wild Voices Project podcast tells the stories of people saving nature. We are part of WILDVoices media, a global production team bridging emerging storytellers with aspiring environmental professionals. Find out more about us at wildvoicesproject.org. Learn more about the global community at wild-voices.org.


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