Selkies

Selkies can change from seal to human form by shedding their skin. A typical folk-tale is that of a man who steals a female selkie’s skin, finds her on the sea shore, and compels her to become his wife. But the wife will spend her time in captivity longing for the sea, her true home, and will often be seen gazing longingly at the ocean. She may bear several children by her human husband, but once she discovers her skin, she will immediately return to the sea and abandon the children she loved. 

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