Mermaid Eden Sirene, who is better known on land as Jenna Conti, has been banned from wearing her tail in a local swimming pool after officials flipped out over health and safety fears.
Ms Conti wears the custom-made silicon mermaid suit in her local pool in Florida and the unusual sight of her gliding through the water often brings joy to children and adults alike.
“It makes me feel amazing, makes children smile, makes adults smile, everybody happy, you don't expect to see a mermaid at the pool,” Ms Conti gurgled.
However, the modern day mythical woman has now been told she cannot wear the outfit in the pool as her fins have been cited as a safety issue.
“We love what she's trying to do, be kind to children and do something good for the community. We love her intentions – it's simply that it violates rules,” said Community Development District board chair Terrie Morrison.
Ms Conti said she is bitterly disappointed by the decision and that she is planning to hold another meeting with the board to appeal.