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A dive into Israel's mermaid community

Updated : 2019-04-16 22:24:05

Together with a friend and fellow mermaid-fan, Michelle Koretsky started an unlikely social scene: a group of aspiring mermaids in Israel, which has grown on Facebook to nearly 1,000 members. It's the Israeli pocket of a worldwide community that she claims is gaining prominence.

Now, as a 34-year-old "full-time mermaid," she sells brightly-colored tails, some with dizzying $800 price tags, and teaches people the skill of swimming in them.

In this Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 photo, Ommer Globerman, a member of the Israeli Mermaid Community, poses for a portrait as she wears a mermaid tail at her home in Ashkelon, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 photo, Ommer Globerman, a member of the Israeli Mermaid Community, poses for a portrait as she wears a mermaid tail at her home in Ashkelon, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Monday, March. 4, 2019 photo, Inbar Ben Yakar, a member of the Israeli Mermaid Community, poses for a portrait at her home in Kiryat Yam, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Monday, March. 4, 2019 photo, Inbar Ben Yakar, a member of the Israeli Mermaid Community, poses for a portrait at her home in Kiryat Yam, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Wednesday, March. 6, 2019 photo, Limor Kahlon, right, and her daughter Yam, members of the Israeli Mermaid Community, pose for a portrait at their home in Netanya, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Wednesday, March. 6, 2019 photo, Limor Kahlon, right, and her daughter Yam, members of the Israeli Mermaid Community, pose for a portrait at their home in Netanya, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 photo, Gal Amnony, a member of the Israeli Mermaid Community, poses for a portrait at his home in Ramat Gan, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 photo, Gal Amnony, a member of the Israeli Mermaid Community, poses for a portrait at his home in Ramat Gan, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 photo, Hadas Kellner, a member of the Israeli Mermaid Community, poses for a portrait at her home in Yahud, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 photo, Hadas Kellner, a member of the Israeli Mermaid Community, poses for a portrait at her home in Yahud, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 photo, Yuval Avrami, a member of the Israeli Mermaid Community, poses for a portrait at his home in Jerusalem. One of the clan’s few mer-men, says he learned about the trend through transgender friends and became fascinated by “the transition from one species to another, the ability to inhabit a new, magical identity.” (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 photo, Yuval Avrami, a member of the Israeli Mermaid Community, poses for a portrait at his home in Jerusalem. One of the clan’s few mer-men, says he learned about the trend through transgender friends and became fascinated by “the transition from one species to another, the ability to inhabit a new, magical identity.” (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Wednesday, March. 6, 2019 photo, Michelle Koretsky, a member of the Israeli Mermaid Community, poses for a portrait at her home in Ra'anana, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Wednesday, March. 6, 2019 photo, Michelle Koretsky, a member of the Israeli Mermaid Community, poses for a portrait at her home in Ra'anana, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 photo, Shir Katzenell and her son Erez, members of the Israeli Mermaid Community, pose for a portrait at their home in Or Akiva, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 photo, Shir Katzenell and her son Erez, members of the Israeli Mermaid Community, pose for a portrait at their home in Or Akiva, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Friday, Feb . 22, 2019 photo, Udi Frige, a member of the Israeli Mermaid Community, poses for a portrait at his home in Yahud, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Friday, Feb . 22, 2019 photo, Udi Frige, a member of the Israeli Mermaid Community, poses for a portrait at his home in Yahud, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Tuesday, March. 26, 2019 photo, Vered Klein, a member of the Israeli Mermaid Community, poses for a portrait at her home in Ramat Gan, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Tuesday, March. 26, 2019 photo, Vered Klein, a member of the Israeli Mermaid Community, poses for a portrait at her home in Ramat Gan, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 photo, Adi Kazav, left, and Lied Adi Hagbi, members of the Israeli Mermaid Community, pose for a portrait at their home in Netanya, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 photo, Adi Kazav, left, and Lied Adi Hagbi, members of the Israeli Mermaid Community, pose for a portrait at their home in Netanya, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 photo, May Lighty Cohen, a member of the Israeli Mermaid Community, poses for a portrait at her home in Herzliya, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 photo, May Lighty Cohen, a member of the Israeli Mermaid Community, poses for a portrait at her home in Herzliya, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Friday, March. 8, 2019 photo, Mor Barazani, a member of the Israeli Mermaid Community, poses for a portrait at her home in Modiin, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Friday, March. 8, 2019 photo, Mor Barazani, a member of the Israeli Mermaid Community, poses for a portrait at her home in Modiin, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Monday, March. 4, 2019 photo, Ligal Shternhell, a member of the Israeli Mermaid Community, poses for a portrait at her home in Kibbutz Ein Carmel, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Monday, March. 4, 2019 photo, Ligal Shternhell, a member of the Israeli Mermaid Community, poses for a portrait at her home in Kibbutz Ein Carmel, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Monday, March. 4, 2019 photo, Ligal Shternhell, a member of the Israeli Mermaid Community, poses for a portrait at her home in Kibbutz Ein Carmel, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Monday, March. 4, 2019 photo, Ligal Shternhell, a member of the Israeli Mermaid Community, poses for a portrait at her home in Kibbutz Ein Carmel, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, photo, Chen Amsalem, a member of the Israeli Mermaid Community, poses for a portrait at her home in Bat Yam, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, photo, Chen Amsalem, a member of the Israeli Mermaid Community, poses for a portrait at her home in Bat Yam, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
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