The Louisiana Mermaid Venessa Lewis, of Denham Springs, interacts with children at the AQUA PARDs Water Park in Denham Springs’ North Park on July 9. Lewis splashed onto the local scene this summer with her custom-designed, silicon neoprene mermaid tail, which is fully functional in the water. She’s been swimming at local pools and water parks, often unannounced, thrilling children who get to interact with a ‘live’ mermaid.

Her Louisiana Mermaid Facebook page led to a large following of people anticipating where she will be swimming next. Children at the park were able to visit, take pictures, get autographs, seashell tokens and even swim with her.

She’s been featured on television news reports and The Weather Channel.