Toni Mishell was born in Oldham, Lancashire 1987. At the age of 2 she went to see The Little Mermaid at the Roxy cinema with her Auntie Julie and it sparked her fascination with Mermaids. By the time she was in nursery school at the age of 4, Toni Mishell was absolutely adamant she would become a real life mermaid, although at this tender age she was yet to understand the practicalities of this dream.

It wasn’t until 2008, when Toni was 21, that she confessed she still had aspirations to fulfil her childhood fantasy. 2 years passed before too long and she was still no further into achieving her goal. On a chance night out in Manchester however, she met her now husband, Captain Redbeard aka Rick, who would help change this.

After much discussion about the business idea, Toni and Rick took the plunge and ordered her first mermaid tail. Alas, it didn’t last more than her first swim as it was made by someone with little experience. On that one swim in Derbyshire they both realised that if they were going to pursue Toni’s dream they would need to do it with conviction.

Toni purchased a new custom made tail and began to develop her business. That trip had a second life changing night when Captain Redbeard asked Toni Mishell to marry him, and in 2015 they were married in the captain’s hometown at Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

Now with a highly successful business and a marriage under their belt, Toni Mishell and Captain Redbeard love their Meet a Mermaid empire and are looking forward to sharing the love and magic with you all.



Toni Mishell and Captain Redbeard have undertaken a lot of training for their magical mermaid adventures, including:

  • PADI Open Water Scuba diving, to insure she stays safe during her deep dives
  • Dance Choreography at University to help create beautiful aquatic routines
  • NVQ level 3 in Youth Work, to aid her work with young people in schools and the community
  • British Sign Language level 2, in order to communicate with deaf communities
  • Toni Mishell and Captain Redbeard have many other skills which have helped create exciting packages for your enjoyment