|Mermaids and Mermen|
A mermaid is a legendary aquatic creature with the upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish. Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide, including the Near East, Europe, Africa and Asia. The first stories appeared in ancient Assyria, in which the goddess Atargatis transformed herself into a mermaid out of shame for accidentally killing her human lover. Mermaids are sometimes associated with perilous events such as floods, storms, shipwrecks and drownings. In other folk traditions (or sometimes within the same tradition), they can be benevolent or beneficent, bestowing boons or falling in love with humans.
- Aquamarine's ex-fiancé
- Aquamarine's father (King of the Ocean)
Mermaids are associated with the mythological Greek sirens as well as with sirenia, a biological order comprising dugongs and manatees. Some of the historical sightings by sailors may have been misunderstood encounters with these aquatic mammals. Christopher Columbus reported seeing mermaids while exploring the Caribbean, and sightings have been reported in the 20th and 21st centuries in Canada, Israel and Zimbabwe. The U.S. National Ocean Service stated in 2012 that no evidence of mermaids has ever been found.
Powers and Abilities
As they are part fish, mermaids can breathe underwater and can stay submerged underwater indefinetly. Their strong tails allow them to swim through the water, as fast as a fish and they can leap high out of the water, similar to dolphins. Merfolk can communicate with aquatic fauna such as dolphins. Mermaids can summon dolphins by whistling.
Merpeople have the power to control water. They can create minature waves, gigantic tidal waves and fearsome storms. On land, a mermaid can turn her fish-like tail into legs. However, if a mermaid gets wet when on land, she will transform back into a mermaid. Also, a mermaid will loose her legs at sunset. Some mermaids may have finer scales that change colour to show her mood.