The Happiest Girl in the World
Maya Papaya first set foot in a tail in 2014 as she began her Mermaid education with Iridescence: A Mermaid Tribe under the guidance of legendary MerMama and troupe leader, Chantel Durelli. Maya has continued to spread her mermaid magic, swimming up and down the West Coast from Orcas Island to Los Angeles and the Caribbean Islands with The Caribbean Mermaid Academy. As a mermaid from The Neverland Lagoon, Maya specializes in dazzling the imaginations of children with her charming melodies, sunken treasure freakshow, and fire performing.
"If you shut your eyes and are a lucky one, you may see at times a shapeless pool of lovely pale colors suspended in the darkness; then if you squeeze your eyes tighter, the pool begins to take shape, and the colors become so vivid that with another squeeze they must go on fire. But just before they go on fire you see the lagoon. This is the nearest you ever get to it on the mainland, just one heavenly moment; if there could be two moments you might see the surf and hear the mermaids singing." -Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie