COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — A popular swim toy in Ohio is being banned pools across the state.
Monofins -- mermaid tails -- have been diving into pools, but lifeguards are worried because they can pose a risk to your little mermaid.
Jacob Smith, the pool manager at the Grandview Heights Municipal pool, says he worries about kids who aren't strong swimmers.
"The issue is their legs are bound and a lot of times when kids start to feel unsafe, they like to tread with their feet, but they are unable to do that inside the mermaid tail."
Stephanie Wyllandt just bought her daughters the tail.
She says she understands the concern public pools have since there are so many kids to keep an eye on. But in their backyard pool, she says she's always watching her daughter.
"I'm always right here with them. They are never in the pool unattended. Safety is my number one concern as a mom."
If a mermaid tail is something your kids want, Smith says make sure there's an adult always with them.