PORTLAND, Ore. -- Some kids got an unexpected surprise when a real life mermaid showed up at the pool where they swim in Oregon! Of course mermaids aren't real, but 56-year-old Pauline Long thought it would be fun to live out her dream one splash at a time.
When Long is in the water she goes by Myst. She says she doesn't really think she's a mermaid.
"I know obviously the difference. It's just fun," she said.
Long says she met a fellow mermaid a few years ago and wanted to be a part of her world. She took matters into her own hands and attached two fins together.
She added some fabric and sparkle and created an outfit. When asked what her fiancé thinks, she said it doesn't bother him at all.
"Oh he's a pirate. His pirate name is Arrrdog," she said. "Every mermaid has to have her own pirate. Otherwise she can't transition to a human."
Long says she's wanted to be a mermaid since she was a child. She plans to be a mermaid at public pools all summer and is part of a mermaid pod called "The Northwest Mermaids."