NOT many can list the ocean as their office but for professional mermaid Sharnah Glover, it is where she spends her days.
The Dianella resident who runs a children’s mermaid pool party business and goes by the alias of Mermaid Sharnah, started the business after surviving what she described as a traumatic experience.
Ms Glover said that after a year of soul-searching and recovering from the ordeal, she decided to combine her passion for ocean conservation as well as provide for her three children.
Having trained to swim like a mermaid – with a monfin – for more than a year, she said she now enjoyed spreading her message of conservation to children at events around Perth.
“I have been practicing in a monofin at every available opportunity and spent all of last year working as a freelance face painter to save the money for the silicone tail which is a hybrid from Hawaii,” she said.
“My parties have a strong ocean conservation theme and a donation is made towards ocean conservation for each party.
“I have inspired children to clean up beaches of sea debris to contribute towards ocean conservation locally.”
Having relocated to Perth, after stints in Broome and Tasmania, Ms Glover said her party experiences, included magical splashes or a package which included a swim, her own story telling session, face painting and gift for all attendees.
“The fictional story is something I have illustrated and written myself and is based on how I became a mermaid with a touch of magic of course,” she said.
She said she hoped young people would live in harmony with their natural environment and encouraged them to become her “ocean keepers” by collecting plastic, rubbish and marine debris when visiting the beach.
Mermaid Sharnah will hold a free meet and greet event for children at Mettams Pool at 11am on Saturday.