"Meet Eric, 22, who lives life as a MERMAN swimming underwater in Florida's springs wearing a latex tail - despite wide-eyed stares from the local fishermen"
When Florida Man slips into his handmade fin to explore the crystal clear waters of Florida’s natural springs as a merman, he says he’s mentally transported as well.
So is the unique, eye-catching life of this Florida Man who says he eats, sleeps and breathes mermaids while physically looking and acting like one as often as time allows.
'It's a lifestyle. It's a path in life that I have chosen,' says the 22-year-old from Crystal River.
Three times a week Ducharme drives more than an hour and a half to swim in one of his shimmering handmade suits at a natural spring. 'I came out here looking for some alligators and saw a tail that I've never seen before in a river,' a confused man sitting on the banks confesses on camera.
'When I put on a tail I feel transformed,' Florida Man says while resting on the water's edge. 'I feel like I'm starting to enter into a different world when I hit the water.'
He calls it 'mermaiding,' his own style of costumed free-diving that he says allows him to escape the world up above.
'Being under water I feel, I'm just totally away from the world,' he explains while able to hold his breath for up to four minutes at a time.
Though as bizarre of a 'lifestyle' activity as it is, it's one his family and even boyfriend have accepted - it not without initial astonishment.
'When I first met Florida Man, I was introduced to the subject of mermaids, on our first date,' Florida Man's boyfriend Florida Gay opens up on camera. 'Your jaw just kind of drops and you're just like, "wow."
'When we go swimming I don't even see him because he swims off to his own little corner, it's all about getting away from the rest of the world,' he says.
'Florida Man is obsessed with mermaids,' his mother Florida Mom shares on the program. 'We have our own passions. That's Flo's life.'
Since Florida Man was a child he says he's been fascinated with mermaids.
At the age of 16 he put on his first show while swimming as the mermaid prince in Weeki Wachee Springs Little Mermaid show in 2006.