Mermaid Tails

The mermaid has been an alluring figure from ancient art to modern pop culture, and some women want to go one step further towards actually becoming a siren. The want a mermaid tail they can actually swim in.

Nadya Vessey
Nadya Vessey

Do You Want to be a Mermaid?

There are a lot of options to help you express your inner mermaid with a functional tailfin! These range from very basic flippers to extremely detailed but water-suitable costumes (referred to in the industry as "swimmable").

Please bear in mind that even costumes that can be submerged may not be suitable for all people and environments. Please play safe!

Mermaid Prosthetics

Nadya Vessey lost both legs below the knee. But that didn't matter when she wore the tail made for her by Weta Productions. Made out of functional wetsuit material and embellished with hand painted scales.

Commercial Tails

Merfolk Tails is the division of Fox Moon Productions devoted to making functional mermaid tails. Their basic tail is made out of a fin and spandex cover and retails for around $175. Aqua Tails have a similar design and price point, with children's sizes. Other producers include: Fin Fun, Oceanika, and 3 Fins

A Note About Zentai: Mermaid tails can be integrated into a full coverage body suit, called a zentai. But this type of costume is too dangerous to wear in the water even if the tail is potentially functional.

Fin Only

In deep water or areas with currents it is safer to use just a monofin, which you can kick off if you get in any trouble. Most of these are sized for children.

  • FINIS Mermaid: An inexpensive design but made from soft plastic and so not comfortable for long periods.
  • Triton: For serious swimmers and free-divers larger rubber fins are more effective (see right).

Advanced Fins

The Lunocet

An advanced monofin based on a dolphin, the Lunocet is part of the ambitious subhuman project that aims to develop 'bio-mimetic' technology. This meter-wide fin is made of carbon fiber.

Animal Prosthetics

The technology came full circle when monofin are made for injured dolphins that have lost their own tails.


Barounis, Cynthia. "Special Affects: Mermaids, Prosthetics, and the Disabling of Feminine Futurity." WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly 44.1 (2016): 188-204.

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Cat 5 years ago

Please sent me one of those i want one so badly i have been researching these for almost 6 months and i need and want one so badly

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MickeyJames 3 years ago

You guys make it really easy for all the folks out there.

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