Wanna Be A Mermaid?

Nadya Vessey's prosthetic tail is mostly constructed from wetsuit fabric and plastic molds, and covered in a digitally printed sock. (Credit: stuff.co.nz)

Nadya Vessey's prosthetic tail is mostly constructed from wetsuit fabric and plastic molds, and covered in a digitally printed sock. (Credit: stuff.co.nz)

From CNET…

Good: double amputee gets prosthetic legs so she can walk. Better: double amputee gets realistic-looking mermaid tail so she can swim. Awesome: it’s developed and built by Weta, the special-effects company that did all the work for the “Lord of the Rings” movies, as well as “King Kong” and “The Chronicles of Narnia” series.

Nadya Vessey’s legs were amputated below the knee when she was a child due to illness. At one point, reports Stuff, a child asked her what happened to her legs and she told him she was a mermaid. The idea stuck with her, so she wrote to Weta Workshop in Wellington, New Zealand, two years ago asking for a mermaid tail. To her surprise, they said they’d do it.

Now she has a fully functional mermaid tail with an attached suit, making her look practically just like a real mermaid (if, you know, mermaids were real).

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3 comments on “Wanna Be A Mermaid?
  1. See I knew they were real!

    Seriously though, this is very cool. I have always liked WETA (They do some amazing work) and this is a great use of those special skills.

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