Turning Fantasy Into Reality: Joyful Ocean Activism | Hannah Fraser | TEDxBerkleeValencia

Hannah Fraser, a real-life mermaid and ocean activist, swims with sharks, whales and manta rays to highlight conservation issues with stunning imagery that inspires action and educates worldwide.

Themed Changing Currents, TEDxBerkleeValencia welcomes leading international innovators, entrepreneurs, creative business people, and artists from diverse countries representing music, fashion and design, the environment, technology and religion. The second edition of TEDxBerkleeValencia, which took place at L’Oceanogràfic, the largest aquarium in Europe, addressed several notions of change – paradigm shifts; movement, both physical and societal; and new tendencies across multiple disciplines.

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Hannah Fraser is a passionate, driven adventurer, with an ability to emanate a gentle feminine power in the most challenging conditions. She is credited with inventing a whole new vocation, becoming the first ‘Freelance Mermaid’, working as an ocean environmentalist, underwater performance artist and model. Fascinated by mermaids since she was a child, she created her first tail when she was only 9 years old. She now creates exquisite mermaid tails and travels the world performing underwater as a mermaid for film, television, advertising, events and environmental activism. Hannah uses her unique link to the ocean to inspire and educate people on the importance of marine life. She is a strong role model of self empowerment for young woman across the globe who see that she has made her dreams a reality, no matter how unlikely the odds! Hannah has been working on creating groundbreaking imagery showing the connection between human and sea creatures for over a decade.

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