Nadya Vessey, a competitive swimmer who’s had both legs amputated due to a birth condition, was inspired by a brief conversation she had with a child. When asked why she was removing her legs to go swimming, Vessey told the child that she was a mermaid. This got Vessey thinking and she quickly contacted Weta workshops, an award-winning design and manufacturing facility. Two years later, Weta developed a practical and beautiful mermaid tail specifically designed for Vessey. She hopes to use the tail in the swimming section of an upcoming triathlon. What an amazing story.