In October of 2013 I set out on a quest to make my next mermaid tail. This was going to be a very special tail indeed, a tail dedicated to cetaceans in captivity with a special focus on two orcas that have really inspired me to help make a change.
I named the tail Bluefish in honour of film Blackfish.
The tail made it's debut appearance at the May 24th, 2014 Empty the Tanks protest outside of the Vancouver Aquarium. It was at this protest that I had the pleasure of meeting Christopher Porter and had the opportunity to show him my creation.
Photos from the Protest
Thank you so much to everyone who came out to show your support! This was the largest protest I've ever seen at the Aquarium and it was a truly special day!
The Making of Bluefish
It took over 8 months to complete Bluefish with hundreds of hours spent on the concepting, planning, painting and detailing.
Starting off with a blank canvas, I painted the entire tail with the base colour and then hand painted each and every scale you see individually with a stencil I designed. My mermaid top was also handmade and is by far the most mer-functional and water-friendly top I've made to date.
Each sequin was hand glued on one at a time over the span of several weeks. The dorsal fin is vinyl and cut in the shape of Morgan's dorsal fin. My saddle patch design is based off of Tilikum's saddle patch.