Today’s (real live) mermaid

mermaid-tail.jpgDouble amputee Nadya Vessey will soon be able to swim like a mermaid with a specially-made tail that will let her propel herself through the water.
The keen swimmer is to be fitted with the “mermaid-style” tail made by the same special effects team behind blockbuster Lord of the Rings and King Kong.

Nadya was born with a condition that meant her legs would never develop properly, but despite having her first leg amputated at the age of seven has has continued swimming throughout her life.

The tail will be moulded on to a pair of wetsuit shorts to make it easy to put on and take off. Nadya says it will allow her to propel herself through the water with an undulating movement as if she was a mermaid.


“I’m thinking I’ll power on a bit with it, so that will be great.” she told New Zealand’s Sunday Star Times. Nadya says she’s even thinking of completing the swimming section of a triathlon using her new tail.

Work on the new tail will begin at the start of next year and Nadya has told the special effects team that she wants the finished tail to be both “beautiful and practical”.

“I began to feel a bit embarrassed about it. But then everybody else got so excited so I thought, ‘Oh, I’ll just go with it and see what happens’.”

“So I really have no idea what to expect but it’s going to be fun.”


1198 Responses to “Today’s (real live) mermaid”

  1. 1 alexandra luther

    guys i know a website where u can get REALLY cheap mermaid tails! i bought 1 and it works like a charm!here it is: they r water proof and work grat in water

  2. 2 alexandra luther

    btw… i saw a real mermaid when i was diving! she had a tail long hair. i wathced her under the water for 1 hour and 15 min. straight! theres my proof and mermaids r real! (trust me!)

  3. 3 Lara

    Heyy guys im now 12 not 9 and i just wanna say stop being so fiesty to each other maybe some people are mermaids some people might think there not real to be honest it doesnt matter its like GOD there are 2 sides to nearly every story. now either you speak nicely on here cos its for people WHO LIKE mermaids so if you dont like them dont bother going on here !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. 4 Toni

    mermaids rock. keep on swimming girl 🙂


  5. 5 Sunny

    Hey, like wow I have not been on here since 2008, I’m the original Sunny, and wow aren’t you tough saying no one cares, at least my username is not all retarded haha. So ya anyways great to be back on again, and like always, Gotta Zap, Bye! <3

  6. 6 cystal

    hey ppl it been a while im back i spraied my ankle and i cant go in the water for 2 months wat am i gonna do helpok so when i turne d 18 something happedned ok my tail was a sparlking blue but now its orange with lime green fin if u were a real mrmaid u would know that we have no shirts its just our hair ny bf died in a car crash the day after my b day maybe thats waht happened well the night after my birthday i went back to the place where i transformed and wished i could take away being a mermaid but u no wat ……fail i still am i was crying because i was caught but some litter in the ocean and couldnt make it to his funeral i am so regreting this right now

  7. 7 Sunny

    I really hope your not talking to me, and if you really were 18 I think you would know the use of proper grammar. Oh and one more thing, mermaids are not real.

  8. 8 crystal

    ok sunny you can shut your face or the thing that is on your head i am a mermaid i was in a rush and i am sad because he died ok so you know what i dont give a care here right now so zip it to all you non believers in mermaids you can go rot in a hole how bout that it would make me very happy very very happy so yeah and its true they are real aand when you see one you’ll say oh crystal was right about it all yeah no chiz people you people are just stupid

  9. 9 sunanda aich

    are there are mermaids really?

  10. 10 ffion

    Who’s a mermaid for realplese can you tell us all

  11. 11 ffion

    where do you live? do you have a tail? what’s your name? we want to know now

    love ffion and caitlin.

  12. 12 crystal

    Hey ppl I just went to my bfs grave and said a little prayer for him I miss him SO much r.i.p shane dylan thomas love ya

  13. 13 crystal

    Well guys if your referring to me yes mermaids are real because I am one I live on the right in the center of australia I am a blonde with pink eyes and my tail is green orange and pink my name is Crystal Simmonds and I am a mermaid!

  14. 14 Alyssa

    are you really a memaid if you are can you tern me into one please

  15. 15 Sunny

    Someone is tough, yelling at me over a blog. If you want to believe that mermaids are real then that is fine by me. But I do not think it is very nice for you to start yelling at me when I have been on this blog LONG before you ever heard about it. Plus you sound like an immature child yelling at me. Oh and the thing on my body is my head also known as a cranium so please before you start yelling at me over a virtual world keep in mind that not only is that rude yet very stupid for I will never ever meet you in real life. And you live in Aussie? Very nice place 🙂 Well anyway, I believe in magic and stuff so hey! Why not believe in mermaid and sirens. Crysal Simmonds I will appreciate if you do not yell at me and keep you judgements to your self. OK? Thanks <3

  16. 16 Sunny

    I wait I forgot, Gotta Zap, Bye! XD

  17. 17 Sunny


  18. 18 Anonymous

    i want to crap my pants

  19. 19 MERMAID FAN 1

    YOU never know if there real they would not reveal thenselves to the world so u can think there real cause they maybe be but also u can think threre not which also be true however u think could be right

  20. 20 MERMAID FAN 1

    BY the way crystal science history there myhts mermaids im sorry to say this cause i want to be one is most likely true and if u were a real mermaid u wouldnt give ur self up like that u dont want to end up in a science lad do u????

  21. 21 MERMAID FAN 1

    i mean not true srry bout that

  22. 22 Sunny

    Just thought I shall pop it. Hi! 🙂

  23. 23 Sunny

    Pop In (haha)

  24. 24 mermaid chika

    ok. u RAQ person, those r 9 year old girls. you cant tell them there stupid! if anyones stupid, u r! plus, they were joking! im 13 and im writing a spell to turn me into a mermaid! so quit being a stupid jerk and leave those girls alone. idiot.

  25. 25 mermaid chika

    to NATASHA. cleo has hydrokinesis, rikki has hydro-thermokinesis, emma has hydro-cryokinesis, and i forgot the others name, but she has substanciakinesis.

  26. 26 moon

    people who belives in mermaids i will tell you this if you want to become a mermaid i could you for real. i have a sercet riecep that could turn anyone in to mermaid. its really for real and the frist thing is belive the atother things i will tell bye have to go!

  27. 27 mima

    this is so stypid

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  29. 29 Meghan

    okay, i really really really want to be a real mermaid, all the gurls posting ur a mermaid i totes believe if ur a non beluever ur loss if u hav a spell to turn me into a mermaid please email me at…. THANX!


    Im seriously a mermaid. Like OMG im so serious im 19 and i wouldnt lie. Like seriously. if u dont believe me then fine, but its true. Bling Blang OUT!

  31. 31 Kelly

    Seriously? Four years of comments and spam on this? Wish people would troll and lurk elsewhere.

  32. 32 pibi tonking

    i live in ishrel!!!! so if you want my mail is 😉

  33. 33 delaney

    i am a mermaid

  34. 34 dani

    hi I used to be a mermaid but I got stuk at shore someone found me and took me out of water my tail started to peal then i grew legs and ever since i havent been to the beach so i cant viset my mermaid freinds

  35. 35 dani

    some buddy please rply back soon

  36. 36 Sunny

    Hi, it is me, again, LOL :). Hope everyone had a good Christmas, and an amazing New Years!

  37. 37 Anonymous

    there is never going to be a mermaid

  38. 38 crown

    WERE IS A TAIL I HAVE $ 20.00 FOR 1 TAIL SO TELL PLESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. 39 savannah

    ya as i im falling 4 that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. 40 shara belle

    are mermaids real?

  41. 41 Anonymous

    the spell: a humen when dry a mermaid when wet and have a power like telekinesis and a tail the color of aqua a human when dry a mermaid when wet gills are not needed a big breath that last 30 minutes a human when dry a mermaid when wet the rain does not matterit cannot change me but a single dop of water will . go to the bathtub dark and imagine that you are a mermaid sprinkle a salt then lay in it and say the magic spell………… if this spell work leave a reply …. but the spell will work after 1 week 🙂

  42. 42 Kow

    I became a mermaid today! I have a purple bikini top and a aqua tail. I said this spell to become a mermaid:
    Mermaid magic come to me,
    I would like a tail not two feet
    Beauty be upon me
    Fish all kinds let me see
    When I’m finished in the sea
    When I’m dry my feet return to me
    (p.s. I changed the first line. It’s really “Magic spirits of the deep”)
    To do this spell you have to wear your favorite necklace and take a shower or a bath. Near the end of your shower or bath say the spell SLOWLY. Dry off and the next time you touch water you should be a mermaid (or merman)! Okay. Now, after I said this spell, I dried off and ran my hand in sink water.I closed my eyes, counted to ten, waited a few seconds and I fell down. I opened my eyes and had a tail! It was so cool! And I also have Emma and Rikki’s powers.

    Go into a shower, put your favourite necklace on and then close your eyes and say this spell slowly:
    Magic spirits of the deep
    i would like a tail not two feet
    beauty be upon me
    fish all kinds let me see
    when i’m finished in the sea
    when i’m dry my feet return to me

    Once you have said that get out of the shower and dry your self and you should be a mermaid next time you have touched water.

    1. It takes one drop so be careful
    2. It takes ten seconds
    3. Don’t be scared if different powers find you so try and use them for good
    4. DO NOT look at the full moon or who knows what will happen without you knowing
    5. Enjoy!

    There u go, no salt ;p

  43. 43 Runebunnystar13

    Ahhhh. Just. AHHH.
    You guys are doing everything from fighting to pretending to a mermaid who A, has infinite powers somehow,or B, turn into a mermaid by touching water. Really,you guys? Who’s going to believe that a mermaid has internet access? Even if it’s just everytime you touch water…think about it. Everytime. You touch water. It’s infinitely very impossible for you to live here.
    Now,you could just admit that you lack gills and train to be a professional mermaid,like I am,so you can put on a tail and swim.
    But all in all,let’s just be more mature,okay?

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