Today’s (real live) mermaid followup

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Nadya Vessey, in her element.

Way back in the early day’s of Never Sea Land, I posted a news story about double amputee Nadya Vessey’s quest to swim with artificial mermaid tail.  That post is one of the most popular at NSL, accounting for over a third of all traffic and generating 823 comments to date.  Now we are glad to see that her dream is a reality!

Effects shop fulfills amputee’s mermaid dream
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 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). 

Links: full story, video on YouTube 

Thanks to Marina for the find.

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


  1. 1 zoe

    its winter and ime in florda i poped a tail infront of my freinds they didnt no what to say then they said i no what you mean i am to i was shocked! i didnt no whatto say we had a sleapover and talked about it all night!

  2. 2 aquamran

    i want to be one so much so give me one now

  3. 3 cara and olivia

    WTF !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. 4 brook

    i know what you mean im one too and its awesome to feel the water in my hair and my tail going back and forth.

  5. 5 aquamerian

    Mermads are real i am one i was born one

  6. 6 libby

    i am one to and i just love drinking salt water! it tastes so good! one time at school in lunch i spilled some water on me and a tail apperead and everyone was shocked i was so embarresed!

  7. 7 anisha rayamajhi

    Hi! guys i totally think mermaids r real but in this picture she looks like she is wearing a coustume and did u know that real mermaids are naked inthe top no bra or anythng just plane andthen a tail and when they r on land they’re completly naked

  8. 8 anisha rayamajhi

    u guys are so cool with all that stuff i love u and i am a girl looking for love i am 15 really and i know that i might be to young to beliven mermaids but i dont know i just do !!!

  9. 9 valeria

    yes they r real im a marmaid

  10. 10 demonie

    hi my anem is demonie im 11 years old and i really want some real mermaid spells because i want to become one and i already have 4 mermaid spells so far!!!!PLEASE AND THANK YOU!!!

  11. 11 unknown

    that is so fake and plus if she was born that way how come she is a clorinated pool? im a mermaid and when i put my soap on and im wet i have to wait untilim completely dry?

  12. 12 unknown

    spells dont exist and if they do try them immeidietly so you can write back to me ANEM

  13. 13 Tamiah

    if its not real dont play with people head like that

  14. 14 faith

    This website is lame.

  15. 15 Anonymous

    meramids dont egxist

  16. 16 emmy

    cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

  17. 17 emmy

    i like it it looks goood the of the tail looks so real

  18. 18 emmy

    anonymousyou are a bich you dont know enything you now wat hoe you dont now eny thing
    you are a mofoo!

  19. 19 Gina

    Hi I’m gina and
    I’m 11 years old and I really believe
    in mermaids I love H2o just add water
    and I want to be a real mermaid 😀

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