Every aspect of the tail has been custom made to Vessey's body using a blend of 3D modelling and milling technology, combined with Vi Vac vacforming, and a poly carbonate spine and tail fin. The skin of the tail has been made from a layer of neoprene and a lycra outer-layer digitally printed with a stunning scale' pattern, that was designed by one of our concept artists. Vessey was born with a condition that meant her legs would never develop properly, but began swimming after she had her first leg amputated at seven. Despite having her other leg amputated at 16, she swam competitively in high school and now swims as often as she can. Vessey says she is thinking of using the tail to help her complete the swimming section of a triathlon.
How so very cool of the Weta Workshop staff to do this!
I still think she needs both body core strength and butterfly kick technique - but with that, she should be able to glide in a very elegant and fast way.