The Little Mermaid has come a long way with many adolescents dressing the part of Ariel for Halloween or just for fun, but what if you became obsessed with mermaids or mermans?

For one 22-year-old man named Eric Ducharme, his obsession with mermaids and mermen is all too real, which is why he’ll be on TLC’s “My Crazy Obsession” tonight.

“I do eat, breathe and sleep mermaids,” said Eric in a promo for the show. “It’s my lifestyle. It’s the path in life that I have chosen.”

And he’s not exaggerating either. Take this video he uploaded to YouTube. In the video, you can see Eric swimming around in his homemade fins, and according to the show, he can swim underwater for up to four minutes.

Watch here:

“When I put on a tail, I feel transformed,” said Eric. “I feel like I am starting to enter into, you know, a different world when I hit the water.”

Outside of the water, Eric maintains a healthy relationship with his boyfriend and also makes a living selling his unique, custom fins. Lady Gaga has even been one of his customers. Fins are available for purchase online at Mertailor, LLC, a company Eric started when he was just 13-years-old.

If you can’t catch Eric on television, you might enjoy this merman clip from Zoolander:

-Ashley Quadros,


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