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Jessica Benson, of Duluth, as a mermaid named Ayla, answers questions from an Edina girls hockey team as she rests on the edge of the pool at the Radisson Hotel Duluth on Friday afternoon. Clint Austin / Forum News Service

Mermaid makes a splash in Duluth hotel's pool

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DULUTH, Minn. - The fish-shaped woman propelled herself from end to end of the swimming pool with the help of a purple-tinted monofin. She paused mid-pool to flip head over tail.

By land she's Jessica Benson, a 19-year-old with an eye toward the entertainment industry. By water, she's Ayla the Mermaid testing a $3,000 custom-made tail of scalloped silicone during down hours at the Radisson Hotel's pool.

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