NOTE:
This page is in serious need of updating. Some of the links will no longer be good, and some of the shops no longer exist.
Just so’s you know.

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Me too. In real life, I mean.

But we’re talking second Life here, so let me point you in the right direction.

There are LOTS of mermaid places in SL: places to be merfolk, places to buy the stuff to become merfolk, and groups that offer support and information to those who are/want to be merfolk.

A good place to begin your hunt for the perfect mer tail is Flickr. There is a Second Life Mer Flickr group, and if you ask nicely, most people are willing to share information about where they picked up their gear.

To whet your appetite, take a look at some of my own mer images. Not all the tails pictured below are free, indeed, most of them are not free. You can see if a tail is free by mousing over the pictures.

Evie’s Closet started a line of mermaid tails about a year ago, and these are stunning tails. The Nereida Mermaids are available in a variety of colours, including red and black (for you goth types out there). Mermaid tail, fins, crown, bracelets, belly decoration, and belt.. not a bad value for your L$.

Hair is from Teke-lili, and skin is from 42. 42 is closed now, so this particular skin is no loner available, but I’ve listed alternative skin shops at the bottom of this page under Resources.

You don’t have to spend a fortune to become a mer.. though you certainly can! There is some great free stuff out there.

The tail shown above is from Southern Valley. Southern Valley uses a central teleport point, if my link doesn’t send you direct to the spot with the mermaid tail, just follow the arrow.

The skin shown is from Cupcakes. Hair shown is from The Stringer Mausoleum. The torn fishnet shirt is from aeNigma, and the ears are from Gauged. The wonderful Sea Mantle (colour change) is from House of Ruin, and is no longer available.

If you want to try getting your tail wet before committing to purchasing one, aeNigma has a few cute tails to try out. They are suitable for men or women, and if you’re not sure about becoming fully mer, there is also a deep-sea diving suit in the shop.

Lionfish tail in Green, from Pacific Sunrise

You can earn beautiful tails at the Pacific Sunrise shop. The three camp chairs have a selection of tails to choose from (as well as other cool mer-related items). Camp time is three hours to earn a tail.

There is also a lucky chair with a variety of cool prizes for you to win.

One of the things I love about some of the Pacific Sunrise tails is that the scales don’t stop at my waist, but continue along my torso and arms.

Atargatis has some very pretty tails, and some great bargains in the form of Gatcha prizes. Take a chance on one of several colour version of the Christmas Edition Tail. There is also a place beneath the shop where you can try out your new fins.


Tekeli-li
has an awesome set of unusual mer tails that are suitable for men or women called the Deep Ones. These tails are reminiscent of the fish you would see in the deep oceanic trenches.

Above, Hawk is modeling one of the Deep Ones he purchased.The fishy friend, spear, skin, and jewelry are included. The animation over rider included with this tail is a little different in that you will swim with a side-to-side motion rather than up and down.. much more realistic!

Shown below is the Loralai Tail, from Prim & Pixel Paradise. This siren come in emerald green, and includes the trident shown, a shell crown and necklace, as well as a seaweed cape. There is a version available for men in the shop as well.

Mermaid Resources: Tails

Mermaid Resources:  Hairstyles

Mermaid Resources: Skins

Where to go

Now that you’re all decked out in your mer gear, where do you go?

In my travels, I’ve found some really pretty sims that will let you swim your little finned heart out. A partial list is included below.