All types of mermaids are unique in their way. Mermaids have existed from the beginning of time.
Whether it was through fairytales, folklore, art, or real-life events, they have all played a role in human history.
They haven’t always been known for the same things. Some were seen as omens of evil and seduction, while others were regarded as symbols of good fortune or fertility.
Table of Contents
- 1. Freshwater mermaid
- 2. Deep-sea mermaids
- 3. Sirens
- 4. Freshwater mermaids
- 5. Naiades
- 6. Ceasg
- 7. Oceanids
- 8. Selkies
- 9. Atargatis
- 10. Mami Wata
- 11. Yemaya
- 12. Sabrina
1. Freshwater mermaid
Merrows are based on Irish legend; thus, the highest chances of becoming merrows will be in the vicinity of Ireland, although it will operate regularly and successfully elsewhere.
They have long green hair and a red cap, according to legend. It is the red cap that distinguishes them as mermaids.
If they lose this cap, they turn to human form until they regain it, at which point they will return to the water, sometimes abandoning entire families in the process.
Many people are perplexed by these creatures. Sirens first appeared in Greek mythology as Persephone’s servants, and when she went away.
Demeter (Persephone’s mother, the agricultural goddess) dispatched them to find her by calling to her with their lovely voices.
They were characterized as wicked, which has remained true to this day.
2. Deep-sea mermaids
There’s no way to know, but because there’s so much coast and so many mermaids lived there before they switched to sea.
It’s widely assumed that Open-Ocean mermaids are the most numerous of all the sub-species.
Their food varies depending on their location, and they nearly usually move and hunt in pods of 30-50.
They have large flukes that let them swim great distances and a long blue, green, or light purple tail that helps them blend in.
Their tails exhibit countershading, with a darker backside to hide them from predators looking down and a brighter front to hide them from predators looking up.
These types of mermaids have a wide range of personalities; the majority are nice, but they are nervous and secretive around people.
They speak a variety of ancient languages. Since they migrate, they are also known as Traveler Mermaids.
Sirens have a reputation for being naughty or even deadly to passing sailors all across the world.
They can summon a storm, fog, foresee death, read minds, and unleash devastation at will. They have the potential to be demi-polupitisy, which means they can talk and sing in clear tones.
Siren was originally spelled “Seirén,” which meant “tying or grabbing” about their alluring singing.
The Sirens were ladies with a human lower body and bird-like wings in Greek mythology. However, they were unable to fly after losing their feathers in a singing contest with the Muses.
Depending on whose mythology you read, they either died or transformed into mermaids. Sirens are bitter losers, so they may be venting their frustrations on people.
4. Freshwater mermaids
These types of mermaids don’t have a fancy name like ‘Open Ocean’ since their habitat is very straightforward: lakes, ponds, streams, and rivers, but predominantly lakes.
Freshwater mermaids are said to have a more complex civilization than saltwater mermaids, and they dwell in pods of 30-50.
They’re also friendlier than the majority of saltwater. To fit in with the murky water, they have a greenish color to their skin.
These types of mermaids have big flukes on occasion, but not always. It depends on whatever body of water they live in: mermaids from Lake Michigan have large flukes, but mermaids from a little lake in Kansas have small flukes.
To fit in, almost every mermaid has a seaweed-green tail, but a few have blue tails.
Freshwater mermaids are the most friendly and approachable and befriend people the most. Depending on how muddy or transparent the water is, they may or may not exhibit countershading.
They eat a variety of foods and can choose to be a carnivore, herbivores, or omnivores.
Naiades may be found in a variety of freshwater environments, including rivers, springs, wells, and even fountains. They are mostly good and loving spirits who safeguard humans and the water they protect.
These freshwater springs are often the primary life-giving current on which adjacent civilizations are constructed.
Offerings will be offered regularly to keep the Naiade happy, ensuring that the waters are always blessed.
You can absorb part of a Naiade’s magical powers if you swim in a protected area. These waters have a long history of curing illnesses, inspiring poets, and bringing fertility to women and crops.
They are well-known for their beauty, which includes flowing long hair and the fact that they frequently go around naked, causing both men and gods to fall in love with them.
She can cause sudden floods or droughts on her enemies. If she gets agitated, she might affect the quality of the water, making it unhealthy to drink.
As long as their body of water remains strong, Naiades can live. If the water supply runs out, their strength dwindles, and they may die.
A Ceasg (pronounced “kee-ask”) is referred to as “maid of the waves” with a salmon tail-like bottom half.
These types of mermaids can be both harmful and lucky. If you catch her, she’ll give you three wishes.
If the kidnapped mermaids and sailors discover true love, she will convert into a human and walk on land, bestowing good fortune on her spouse for the rest of his life.
Some Scottish lineages even claimed to be derived from a human-mermaid coupling. The Ceasg may become eternal by encasing their soul in an item, such as a shell, and concealing it from humans.
An Oceanid is a water nymph that lives in the ocean’s deepest depths. Oceanid mermaids outnumber all other mermaid species.
Important water Goddesses include Metis, Zeus’ first wife, and Athena, whom he later impregnated.
Amphitrite and Doris are two more notable Oceanid Demigods. Their primary function is to guard the deep waters and to act as the gods’ spouses and lovers.
They keep an eye on their children, who grow up to be gods. Many sailors devote prayers and sacrifices to the Oceanids out of compassion to be protected from the terrible sea storms.
Selkies may be found in both the British Isles and Iceland. They vary from Merrow andCeasgs in that they are not cold-blooded.
Selkies may change shape from a seal-like creature to a person with the ability to walk on land.
These Selkies shed their seal-like skin to become human, concealing them so they may re-suit and return home when they’re done on land.
If these skins are discovered, the women are compelled to remain on land and are bound to the person who owns their seal suit and lives as faithful wives.
Unfortunately, Selkies have an insatiable desire for the sea; therefore, if she discovers the skin, she will put it back on and run to the sea, never looking back.
The oldest mermaid legend is that of Atargatis. She is the goddess of the moon, water, and femininity in Assyria. 3000 to 4000 years ago, she was adored.
Atargatis was represented as a mermaid, and her story is one of the oldest mermaid tales. Her tale goes that following the death of her mortal lover, she drowned herself in the sea in grief after giving birth to his kid on the beach.
The gods chose to save her life by transforming her into a mermaid.
10. Mami Wata
Mami Wata is a Japanese word that means “mother of water.” She is an African water deity who is frequently shown as having mermaid-like features, such as a fish or snake tail. She is also claimed to have a human appearance.
Also known as Yemoja, Yemaya is a sea goddess from Africa. In Santera, an Afro-Caribbean religion, she is commonly represented as a mermaid and is known as the Ocean Mother Goddess. She is now revered all around the world.
Sabrina is a nymph of the Severn River in British tradition. According to legend, she was the daughter of King Locrinus, who divorced his wife Gwendolen and fathered Sabrina with another woman.
Gwendolen drowned Sabrina and her mother in the Severn River, and as a result, she became a river nymph and is also regarded as a deity.