Julia was one of the three original mermaids in 1955.


Early Life

Julia was born in early 1940s to unnamed human parents. At some point during or after her childhood, she met and quickly became best-friends with two another girls named Louise and Gracie. Julia was known to attend an unknown high school with them during her teenage years back in the 1950s, and it is very likely that she met Max Hamilton, also a good friend, while there or even before.

 Becoming a mermaid

In 1955, Julia was hanging out with her best-friends Louise and Gracie, until they decided to pay a visit to Mako Island. When already there, they found themselves at its heart and discovered a Moon Pool. As it was a Full Moon night, Julia and both her best-friends stayed on it, unaware going through metamorphosis.

Later, by being exposed to water, Julia sprouted her mermaid tail and confirmed with her two best-friends that she wasn't the only one. It is very likely that was around this time she discovered her only, yet unknown special power over water.

Life as a mermaid

She was known to have an attitude and "free spirit", much like Rikki. When she told her boyfriend, Karl (who also was rich bad boy like Zane), she was a mermaid, he was angry at her for her distrust towards him. They didn't speak for a while, but when Karl called Julia one day and asked to meet him, she rushed to him in her mermaid form. With a camera behind his back, Karl got few shots, and nearly exposed her to the world. Fortunately, Gracie and Louise still distrusted Karl and also came, and Louise threw the camera into the sea. Julia was heartbroken and remained so for a long time, but she eventually got over it, moved on and re-established her friendship with Gracie and Louise.  

After the Moon of Fifty Years

In 1957, two years after Julia and her two best-friends' own transformation into mermaids, Max Hamilton's researches on them began causing on his girlfriend Gracie the desire of being a human once again. Tired of him, she came to Mako on a special Full Moon known as the "Moon of Fifty Years", which deprives merpeople of their tails and abilities permanently. After Gracie returned to her original state as a human being, she ended her relationship with Max and her friendship bond with Louise and Julia was broken as well.

Present Day

Julia passed away in 2006, and her possessions were sold, which might indicate that she never married, since there was no one to inherit her things. Her locket ended up in a jewelry shop's showcase, where Rikki Chadwick, while on a date, saw it.

It is unknown if Julia also gave up her abilities or retained them until her death.

Mermaid Powers

Julia possessed the ability to transform into a mermaid ten seconds after physical contact with water. Several minutes after climbing out of the the water and once her body was completely dry, she turned back into a human along with the clothes she was wearing before she transformed. As a mermaid, Julia had the ability to swim at a super speed, and dive at depths no human being is capable of, completely protected from its cold and water pressure. She was also capable of holding her breath for at least fifteen minutes.

Julia was the original owner of the Red Locket until her death.


Before her transformation, Julia had all the typical weaknesses of a human. When she transformed, she was susceptible to all the weaknesses of a mermaid. It is unknown if Julia also gave up her abilities or retained them until her death in 2006.



He was Julia's love in the 1950s. Gracie and Louise discovered that Julia was dating Karl, and wanted her to break it off, since she also shared their secret. Julia was sure it was the right time and decided to tell his secret to Karl, he however rejected her coldly. One day, Karl called Julia, and asked her to meet him at the pier in her mermaid form. Gracie and Louise begged her not to go, but she went anyway. With a camera behind his back, Karl snapped a few pictures of Julia in her mermaid form, wanting to display those for the whole world. Fortunately, Gracie and Louise also came, and Louise threw the camera into the sea. Julia was heartbroken for a long time, and ended her relationship with Karl. Karl tried to tell everyone about the girls being mermaids, but people did not believe. Julia was heartbroken and according to Louise, she never got over the betrayal. It took some time, but life went on, and she re-established her friendship with Gracie and Louise and renewed their secret.

Behind the Scenes

She was portrayed by actress Amrita Tarr in Season 1 and by actress Taryn Marler in a flashback in Season 2.


  • Julia's last name is never revealed in the series.
    • It was fans' speculation that it was Dove, same as Ash's unrevealed last name, to make them related.
  • Season 2's Julia was played by Taryn Marler, who would play Sophie Benjamin in Season 3.
  • Julia is the second original mermaid to die, the first being Gracie.
  • Julia is the feminine counterpart to the Roman family name Julius, meaning "dedicated to Jove".
    • Although possibly unintentional, Jove, also known as Jupiter (the Roman counterpart to Zeus), is a god of sky and thunder, as well as the king of gods and arguably the most wrathful. Coincidental or not, Julia's mermaid counterpart Rikki possesses the ability to conjure lightning storms and is the most powerful of her group, as well as the easiest to anger.


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