Aloha, my name is Natascha Shamis otherwise known as Mermazing! I am a fierce ocean advocate certified in both free and scuba diving. I hold two degrees; a bachelor's in psychology and early childhood education and a master's in mental health counseling. I am originally from New York and grew up part time in Berlin, Germany. I moved to Santa Monica in July 2016 to live closer to the water. I started working as a preschool teacher in Westwood and decided I wanted to bridge my work in early childhood education with ocean advocacy through a magical mermaid experience. I am currently an Aquarist Intern for Heal the Bay at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium and an active member of the Surfrider Organization Malibu/West LA chapter.