Today’s (real live) mermaid followup

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 Buck

    I’m glad to see her so comfortable in the water with that. Heartwarming story, thanks to you and Marina for this!

  2. 2 Hayley carpenter

    I thinck mermaids are real.My name is hayley carpenter and iam 7 years old

  3. 3 jasmine

    you guy are so cool i want to be a mermaid so badly was she born that way

  4. 4 christian

    that is awsome

  5. 5 jaylene

    fgggggggggghgggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg ggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg gggggggggggggggggggggggggggg ggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg gggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg gggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg ggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg gggggggggggggggggg gggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg gggggggggggggggggggg ggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg gggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg

  6. 6 jaylene

    hi my name is jaylene matias and i am 9 years old i think mermaids are real

  7. 7 ?

    the guy in the picture is not a real merman

  8. 8 larz

    Jaylene u sound really nice my names lara and my friend daisy shes not on here at this momment. Were 11 years old even though ur 9 u r still part the mermaid pack. ? WHO R U? u r so weird for not putting ur name ur next reply can u please put ur name.

    Me and Daz r like the girls in H2O:just add water. Seriously we r and u all hav to believe us.

    I’ve got a in ground pool and it has a wave machine u guys hav to see it.

    People please can u go on because its great not saying we go to that school and go on georgia, sophie and erin’s power point ther great .

    we are americian and we moved to england what about u guys. And if any one puts girlfriend or boyfriend and their a boy or girl don’t say there gay its not nice i may sound like a mom but me and daz a u know we are 11 and 12 soz i forgot daz is a year older than me soz daz.

  9. 9 larz



    that is so cool what i just did

  10. 10 shequel

    i really think mermaids arnt real because i dont know how they were created so how can they be real. do you guys think so. my name is shequel jones. i am 11 years old. so thats it thank you.

  11. 11 !i!

    where the heck is aquagurl45?!?!?!?!?!

  12. 12 lizi

    I want marmeids tail

  13. 13 lizi


  14. 14 lizi

    I want to have a marmeids tail.

  15. 15 lizi

    ou I dream only about tame marmeids tail. Is it possible?

  16. 16 lizi
  17. 17 shalini

    it is not real mermaid k………..

  18. 18 shalini

    don’t cheat us u all think we are stupid don’t image k……. u ini mangkuk ayun betul babi butut gila

  19. 19 shalini

    no more bys edieats……………….

  20. 20 vanessa

    hi my name is vanessa i think mermaids are real and i know mermaids are real to find out go on to are mermaids

  21. 21 vanessa

    hi my name is vanessa im 11 years old i think mermaids are real and i know mermaids are real to find out go on to are mermaids it says that mermaids are soooo real u morons so to me that tells u plenty that mermaids are not a myth and it even shows a pic of a real baby mermaid so

  22. 22 kimberly

    this is not a real mermaid…..sorry…..this is just a hoax…..

  23. 23 gabby

    to be truthful with it i don’t think they are real i think they are fake… sorry thats just the way i feel.

  24. 24 viva italia!!!

    this is a picture of an ampute that got a mirmaid tail so she could swim. but mirmaids are real. i’ve seen them.

  25. 25 Anonymous

    i am a mermaid ask em any questions

  26. 26 Anonymous

    ask me any thing

  27. 27 Aquagurl45

    who was askin 4 me? an why?

  28. 28 Aquagurl45

    an mermaids aren’t real. When u lil kids grow up, then u’ll understand. They would hav no purpose in this world 4 1, like u kno, wolves take care of the deer population, an sharks take care of the fish an sea mammal population. And 2, no way in the world could there b a half fish half human thing, the human body isn’t designed 2b in the water 4 very long, let alone live in it. So, yea, u guys need 2 srsly get another hobby besides pretendin that ur a mermaid.

  29. 29 Pink ninja


    i am a mermaid

    and mermid tails look nothing like that

    and some people make fun of that

    but i was born that way

    and ya im special

    but im scared sometimes

    belive in mermaids..
    but dont pretend like that picture is real

  30. 30 Megan

    I thinkmermaids are real.
    Mermaids are my favorite non-fictional animal

  31. 31 mermaid nikkie

    mermaids are real
    they are my favorite creature if you want to be one here is three spells:
    moonlight moonlight you make me want to scream
    moonlight moonlight you make me want to beam
    you wake up at night time
    you go away at dawn
    moonlight moonlight please don’t go
    starlight star bright make me a mermaid tonight
    insoucient inclemensy
    redoubtable mediocracy
    refutible humanity
    make me what i wish
    to a MERMAID
    witches one and witches all
    give this power to me

    i’m only 11

  32. 32 mary

    i tried a spell and it work it may hav side effects

  33. 33 AMY

    i tried dat insoucient spell it actually works



  34. 34 Anonymous

    mermaids r not real its just a lady in a suit

  35. 35 anonymous

    omg that is so fake as if i mean if u want a real mermaid call one one on a shell phone like LOL!!!!!!!

  36. 36 joe

    thats soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo COOL

  37. 37 zoe

    hi my name is zoe i’m 9 and i’m a mermaid me and my cousin liva both are so believe in them i have PROOF . OH’ and anonymous that said we werEN’T real we are oh and by the way that is NOT a real mermaid tail LOL BYe

  38. 38 zoe

    zoe some say that mermaid’s are ugly and horble and some say their wiche’s but i want to travle the world with liva to secher for more freind’s by the way i read some letter’s and i liked some like….. mermaid nikkie,pink ninja,vanessa’s,jaylene’s,mary’s and amy’s well……..bye

  39. 39 melodie

    me and my friend are mermaids

  40. 40 melodie

    im not kidding atall i nearly got killed but i am also a wizard

  41. 41 melodie

    i AM A mermaid i also have the pover of freezing things

  42. 42 zoe

    hi my name is ivy i’m 3 i am zoe’s cousin i know zoe is a mermaid caus one time we wer at zoe’s pool and i saw it her tail … and she told me

  43. 43 zoe

    hay zoe here that wasmy cousin ivy now she want’s to be one to… and she can’t right so i told her she can’t be one and she started CRYING and CRYING

  44. 44 cat

    hay my name is cat mermaid’s are stoped ya and they are not real

  45. 45 zoe

    ya they are real CAT i am one

  46. 46 zoe

    Yesterday i allmost got killed by a fishermen he saw my tail but be fore he could MERMAID i was gone i swam all the way to Willis Watterfall and then i went home OH I GAADA GO BY ZOE

  47. 47 garret

    hi my name is garret i lice fishen and saw a mermaid she jumped out of the watter

  48. 48 zoe

    zoe here last night i was at willis watterfall and i saw another mermaid siting on top of the watterfall in then she swam of.

  49. 49 cat


  50. 50 daniecakes

    hi my name is daniecakes and i am a mermaid. please believe me. that is not a mermaid tails dont look like that. you see i did a spell that i can not tell it worked though. you see one time i went in the water well in the beach and i went out really far and this fisherman took a hook a hurt my tail i started bleeding white blood it was horrible. but people can believe what they want to believe but in my heart and in my tail i know that my long living story is real

    p.s. other mermaids try water and salt to drink it is AMAZING!! TRY IT NOW!!:)

  51. 51 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!

  52. 52 aquamran

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

  53. 53 cara and olivia

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

  54. 54 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.

  55. 55 aquamerian

    Mermads are real i am one i was born one

  56. 56 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!

  57. 57 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

  58. 58 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 !!!

  59. 59 valeria

    yes they r real im a marmaid

  60. 60 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!!!

  61. 61 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?

  62. 62 unknown

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

  63. 63 Tamiah

    if its not real dont play with people head like that

  64. 64 faith

    This website is lame.

  65. 65 Anonymous

    meramids dont egxist

  66. 66 emmy

    cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

  67. 67 emmy

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

  68. 68 emmy

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

  69. 69 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 :D

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