Amputee Given Prosthetic Mermaid Fins. March 12, 2009Posted by Matt Brown in Bionics.
I love science. Nadya Vessey, a double leg amputee from New Zealand, has recently been given a functioning prosthetic mermaid fin. Let me say that again, a functioning prosthetic mermaid fin. If you don’t believe me take a look at the photo in the article linked below. Ms. Vessey, who had her legs amputated as a child, contacted a special effects company called the Weta Worshop and asked if they would make her a mermaid tail. Several thousand dollars and two and a half years later Ms. Vessey is now the proud owner of what I am guessing is the only working mermaid fin in the world. The spine and fin of the tail are made from polycarbonate, while wetsuit fabric is used for the skin.