Mako: Island of Secrets
Jonathan M. Shiff
26 July, 2013 (Netflix)
26 July, 2013 (TEN)
Mako: Island of Secrets (international title Mako Mermaids: An H2O Adventure) is the 26-episode spin-off series of H2O: Just Add Water. It was supposed to start being filmed in April 2012, but the production was postponed until May.
Mako Mermaids made its debut in the US, Canada, UK and Ireland on July 26, 2013 on Netflix. Australian television station TV Ten also debuted Mako Mermaids on the same date. In the upcoming season 2, the producer has said that the mermaids from H2O: Just Add Water may appear as mermaids claiming that they still have their old tails from the show.
Three mermaids, Sirena, Nixie, and Lyla, are assigned with the task of protecting their magical Mako Island from trespassers, only to be thwarted by the arrival of a 16 year old land-dweller Zac – who forms a special connection with the island and is granted a blue fish-like tail and amazing marine powers. Threatened by his existence, the mermaid pod are forced to move away, abandoning Sirena, Nixie, and Lyla, who in a bid for survival, must get legs, venture onto land, and take back Zac's powers or risk being outcasts forever.
Two new mermaids arrive (Allie Bertram and Isabel Durant play new mermaids Mimmi and Ondina, respectively) and are afraid that Zac is a threat to mermaid pods everywhere, but what they don't realize is that there is another merman in addition to Zac in town (Alex Cubis plays Erik) bent on seizing Mako Island for himself.
- Brooke Nichole Lee (Carly), Gemma Forsyth (Evie), Dominic Deutscher (Cam), Rowan Hills (David), Amy Ruffle (Sirena), Chai Romruen (Zac) and Kerith Atkinson (Rita) are confirmed to be returning for the second season.
- Isabel "Issi" Durant has been confirmed to be joining the cast for it's second season as Ondina.
- Canadian Actress, Allie Bertram has been confirmed to be joining the cast for it's second season as Mimmi.
- Actor/Model Alex Cubis has been confirmed to be joining the cast as Erik.
- Poseidon will be in Season 2.
- Ivy Latimer (Nixie) and Lucy Fry (Lyla) will not be returning for season 2.
- In a Queensland article, the producer said "Welcome Gemma Forsyth back for season 2, but there's a twist." This implies that Evie might become a mermaid.
- Production for Season 2 is planned to wrap up in July 2014, according to the article on Gold Coast Bulletin.com
- Lyla (Lucy Fry): Lyla and her mermaid friends, Nixie and Sirena are guardian mermaids of Mako Island. One full moon, local land boy Zac falls into the magic waters of the Moon Pool. They are banished from Mako and have to get legs and go on land to take away Zac's fishy powers. Lyla develops feelings for Zac, and will be the rebel mermaid. She is the fiery mermaid, and she's very determined and passionate.
- Nixie (Ivy Latimer): Nixie and her mermaid friends, Lyla and Sirena are guardian mermaids of Mako Island. One full moon, a local land boy Zac falls into the magic waters of the Moon Pool. The girls are banished from the island, and must get legs to get Zac from part-time fish to full-time human. Nixie is very adventurous and loves playing around and sometimes gets in trouble because she can't stay still.
- Sirena (Amy Ruffle): Sirena and her mermaid friends, Lyla and Nixie are guardian mermaids of Mako Island, One full moon, a local land boy Zac falls into the Moon Pool. They are banished from the island and have to go on land to go and get back Zac's merman powers. Sirena provides the moonring in which gets the girls legs. She is the mediator and peacekeeper between Lyla and Nixie. She's a really beautiful soul and a bit naive, but that can work to her disadvantage. Sirena has a strong connection to her sister Aquata, who gave her her moonring. She has a crush on David! Sirena and David hold hands, tell each other how they feel about each other, and kiss for the first time in Episode 15 "Sirena's Secret". They are also seen kissing in Episode 26, "Decision Time".
- Zac Blakely (Chai Romruen): Zac is 16 years old and is the main character of Mako Mermaids. He goes camping on Mako Island, than falls into the Moon Pool which causes him to become a merman. Zac is quite sporty and grew up surfing, and getting a tail makes him super-strong. Zac's powers include the ability to move objects with the mind, and the ability to control water with the mind, as well as expanding it and molding it into a variety of shapes.
- Cam (Dominic Deutscher): Cam is Zac's best friend, and appears to be a lifeguard. He knows about Zac's secret, and knows that Nixie, Sirena, and Lyla are mermaids. He has always been Zac's equal, but things change when Zac becomes a merman. Towards the end of the season, after Zac locked the Trident away again, Cam convinced Nixie to help him reopen the Trident chamber and pull it out yet again. In episode 26, "Decision Time", it is revealed that Cam's real purpose and intent all along was to steal the Trident and gain a merman tail for himself so that he could rule over Mako Island. It is yet to be revealed how this secret plot will change the nature of Zac and Cam's relationship as best mates.
- Evie (Gemma Forsyth): Evie is Zac's girlfriend, and feels Zac is hiding something when he frequently pulls away, so she tries to find out whatever he is hiding. She initially breaks up with Zac because he won't reveal what is going on with him and because she thinks Zac is cheating on her with Lyla, due to their increased closeness in friendship and confidences. But in Episode 14 "Battlelines", they have apparently worked through their issues and are a couple once again, Evie finds out Zac is a merman in Episode 25 "Betrayed". They have apparently been dating for 8 months.
- Rita Santos (Kerith Atkinson): Rita is the school principal, and also happens to be a mermaid. She has long given up life of the ocean, due to her romantic relationship with her late fiance, but when three young mermaids appear in her life, she begins to find companionship again with the three.
- David (Rowan Hills): David is the boy-next-door—cute, honest, matter-of-fact, and always happy to help out. David works at his dad's cafe business. His family owns the Ocean Cafe and are well liked in the local community. He has a huge crush on Sirena! David and Sirena hold hands, tell each other how they feel about each other, and kiss for the first time in Episode 15 "Sirena's Secret". They are also seen kissing in Episode 26, "Decision Time".
- Mako: Island of Secrets: Season 1: Episode 01: Outcasts
- Mako: Island of Secrets: Season 1: Episode 02: Getting Legs
- Mako: Island of Secrets: Season 1: Episode 03: Meeting Rita
- Mako: Island of Secrets: Season 1: Episode 04: Lyla Alone
- Mako: Island of Secrets: Season 1: Episode 05: Blizzard
- Mako: Island of Secrets: Season 1: Episode 06: Dolphin Tale
- Mako: Island of Secrets: Season 1: Episode 07: Zac's Pool Party
- Mako: Island of Secrets: Season 1: Episode 08: Zac's Return To Mako
- Mako: Island of Secrets: Season 1: Episode 09: The Siren
- Mako: Island of Secrets: Season 1: Episode 10: Zac Returns To Mako
- Mako: Island of Secrets: Season 1: Episode 11: I Don't Believe in Mermaids
- Mako: Island of Secrets: Season 1: Episode 12: Close Call
- Mako: Island of Secrets: Season 1: Episode 13: Betrayal
- Mako: Island of Secrets: Season 1: Episode 14: Battlelines
- Mako: Island of Secrets: Season 1: Episode 15: Sirena's Secret
- Mako: Island of Secrets: Season 1: Episode 16: Truce
- Mako: Island of Secrets: Season 1: Episode 17: Moon Ring 2
- Mako: Island of Secrets: Season 1: Episode 18: The Trident Job
- Mako: Island of Secrets: Season 1: Episode 19: Where's The On Button
- Mako: Island of Secrets: Season 1: Episode 20: Nowhere To Hide
- Mako: Island of Secrets: Season 1: Episode 21: Aquata Returns
- Mako: Island of Secrets: Season 1: Episode 22: Evie Times Two
- Mako: Island of Secrets: Season 1: Episode 23: Zac's Choice
- Mako: Island of Secrets: Season 1: Episode 24: Trust
- Mako: Island of Secrets: Season 1: Episode 25: Betrayed
- Mako: Island of Secrets: Season 1: Episode 26: Decision Time
More Info : 
- This is the second series Lucy Fry has main role that is created by Jonathan M. Shiff. The first was Lightning Point (Alien Surf Girls in U.S.).
- While it is suggested by some that the show takes place after the events of H20, it is possible that Mako Mermaids takes place before the events in H20 because of the moon pool isn't destroyed. Another theory to support this is that the mermaids all inhabited Mako Island but with the pod leaving, it opened up the chances for more humans to make it to Mako, ie in the future Emma, Cleo and Rikki.
- Lucy Fry made a cameo in the last episode of H2O: Just Add Water. Her name was announced at the graduation ceremony and she was seen in the audience.
- It is still unknown how natural mermaids got into Mako Island.
- In H2O, the mermaids each wore a locket or crystal necklace; now in Mako Mermaids the mermaids will wear Moon Rings in a shape of a tail with a moon crystal.
- The Moon Pool in this series is completely different than the one in H2O.
- If mermaids have been living on Mako Island for a long period of time, it is a possibility that this series takes place many years after H2O: Just Add Water.
- There will be a hidden mermaid cave in Rita's House.
- A second season has been confirmed for 2014/2015.
- In Australia, the series is known as Mako: Island of Secrets instead of Mako Mermaids.
- In Episode 5, "Blizzard", it is revealed that the Nixie, Lyla, and Sirena are southern mermaids, meaning they frequent the South Pacific, so they have never had any experience with snow. When they do come into contact with snow, they develop Snow Rash, which is treated with dried seahorse powder.
- Johnathon M. Shiff Productions plans for Mako Mermaids to have three seasons with the third being filmed in either Los Angeles, California or Berlin, Germany.
Videolog #3 for season 2 of Mako Mermaids: Introducing Alex Cubis as "Erik"
Videolog #2 for season 2 of Mako Mermaids: Introducing Isabel Durant as "Ondina"
Videolog #1 for season 2 of Mako Mermaids: Introducing Allie Bertram as "Mimmi"
The official trailer of Mako Mermaids.
The official music video for Mako Mermaids.
Promotion of Mako Island of Secrets for Ten
Sneak Peek of 1x01, "Outcasts"