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  • Today in Florida History October 13, The first mermaid show at Weeki Wachee Springs opened to the public on this date. Newton Perry, a former U.S. sailor who trained Navy SEALs chose the site in 1946 and installed a free-flowing air hoses hidden in scenery for the mermaids to use in order to create the appearance of breathing underwater during the shows. The mermaid shows at Weeki Wachee have thrilled tens of thousands of visitors...Read more