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Mermaid Fins: A New Pool Trend?

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Swimwear just got a tad strange.

A Canadian woman inspired by her daughters' mermaid obsession has set up an online firm selling Mermaid tails.

Monica Naumann, from Surrey, Canada, launched her "Real Mermaid Tails" firm 3-Fins after making swimmable tails for her mermaid-mad daughters.

The mermaid tails, worn above by Maleka Rostami, Julia Naumann, Allison Meyer, Megan Naumann and Lani Carbonel, come in five different colours

Naumann, who sells her colourful creations for £166 (CA$250) each, has sold more than two dozen fins since she launched her company in January and has shipped orders around the world.

The fins are not really recommended for lounging around in, above

""People are so amazed. It's so fun to watch their reaction," she told Canadian newspaper The Province. "One woman asked Megan not to take her tail off, as her daughter thought Megan was a real, true mermaid. Megan had to sit on the edge of the pool and answer the child's questions such as, 'How do you brush your teeth underwater?'"

Above: The ideal bikini accessory?

Naumann spent three months designing her creations and makes each fin from stretchy dance fabric, sewing flippers to a lexan fin.

"It's a hobby, but I'm not sure it's going to be a big business," she added.

Ariel in The Little Mermaid, above top and below, Darryl Hannah working her fin in 1984 film Splash

Watch Naumann's aquatic accessories underwater in the video below...

Untitled from Monika Naumann on Vimeo.

Splash-tastic or shark bait? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter or in the comments section below.

Words: Anna Pollitt. Pictures: 3-Fins, Rex Features

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