In almost every ancient culture there are legends of mermaids. The tales call the half human, half fish creatures by different names but there are striking similarities between the stories. In Scotland they are known as selkies. The legend depicts creatures that are seal shape in the water but then remove their skins to reveal their beautiful human form. If a human can steal the selkies seal skin while they are in human form the selkie will be their bride. These tales usually end in tragedy as the selkie still longs for the sea and if she finds her seal skin she will return to the sea never to be seen again.