Double amputee mermaid tail swimming [science fiction come true]

Cite this article:
Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Double amputee mermaid tail swimming [science fiction come true]; published April 10, 2011, 15:01; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=395.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1574217375, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Double amputee mermaid tail swimming [science fiction come true]}}, month = {April},year = {2011}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=395}}


From Weta Workshop, New Zealand:

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.

5 Replies to “Double amputee mermaid tail swimming [science fiction come true]”

  1. Delphinbeinschlag mit Monofin oder Flossen schnell und elegant zu schwimmen ist relativ anstrengend - ausser man verf

  2. Ja,sicher. Aber es ist doch das ganze Kleid, das Blau, das Fischsein, die Tiefe und das Meer - es geht ums Lebensgef

  3. Zur Glorifizierung verdrehter Maerchenvorstellungen von Prothesen gibt es ja genug Blabla zu lesen, das Lebensgefuehl dagegen sollte man sicher selbst mal bis hin zum Ekzem und zur steinharten Muskelverspannung selber testen - also steht fest, da muss handfest echte Action her. Monofin bestellen, Shrinkwrap drueber, und aufi gehts. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAEyK4Y6ufY - Just Do It!

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