Beneath the surface

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Britt Renee, an Ocala native, brings joy to families around Gainesville as a professional mermaid.

She performs at birthday parties and group events. Through this work, she has been able to combine her love of performing, swimming and making people smile.

To become a mermaid, she has been certified in free diving and is trained as a lifeguard.

Her work as a professional mermaid has brought her to Gainesville, where she has met others in the Gainesville “pod,” which is what the other professional mermaids in the area call themselves.

About Lauren Whiddon

Lauren is a reporter for WUFT News who can be reached by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing

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