Real life little mermaid: Incredible pictures of ‘mermaid’ swimming with stingrays

BY ELLEN CUYLAERTS/CATERS NEWS - Meet the real life Little Mermaid in her golden costume at Cayman Islands.

BY ELLEN CUYLAERTS/CATERS NEWS – Meet the real life Little Mermaid in her golden costume at Cayman Islands.

Meet the real life Little Mermaid! These incredible pictures show a “mermaid” swimming with dangerous STINGRAYS.

Margaux Maes, 19, donned a brightly coloured mermaid tail as she dived into the crystal clear water to splash around with the rays at sunset.

The stunning snaps were taken by Margaux Maes’ mum, wildlife and underwater photographer Ellen Cuylaerts, off the coast of the Cayman Islands.

ELLEN CUYLAERTS/CATERS NEWS - Margaux Maes can give a competition to Arial, the little mermaid.

ELLEN CUYLAERTS/CATERS NEWS – Margaux Maes can give a competition to Arial, the little mermaid.

Ellen, 46, originally from Belgium, said: “Very close to where we live is the Sandbar, a shallow sandy patch which is sheltered from the elements by the reef.

“The stingrays come there every day, and are used to visitors.

ELLEN CUYLAERTS/CATERS NEWS - The mermaid dived into the crystal clear water to splash around with the rays at sunset.

ELLEN CUYLAERTS/CATERS NEWS – The mermaid dived into the crystal clear water to splash around with the rays at sunset.

“There’s no better way to relax than to snorkel with stingrays, swirling around and massaging your back.

“Magaux Maes loves to swim in the ocean with a mermaid tail – it always attracts people and she talks to them about what we can to do keep healthy oceans.

ELLEN CUYLAERTS/CATERS NEWS - Margaux Maes, meets a friend at the sea bed.

ELLEN CUYLAERTS/CATERS NEWS – Margaux Maes, meets a friend at the sea bed.

“As a family we spend a lot of time in the water with the rays – they like to rub on my shoulder, and they’ll always pose for a selfie.

“We love visiting the Sandbar, it’s a unique place and we’re lucky enough to live right by it!”