I spent a pleasant part of yesterday at a park on the shore of the Swan River.
The Point Walter Park. The Point is a sandbar which extends out into the Swan River for about a kilometre. This area is a magnet for migratory wading birds from Siberia. Each year they drop in for a few months before flying back North.
My mind was wandering and I was thinking of another Walter.
Sir Walter Scott. Ivanhoe. As one does. And Scotland.
Suddenly I spotted a Selkie!
Scottish history, or perhaps Scottish mythology, records a Selkie as a seal-like creature which sheds its fur pelt to sunbathe in human form.
If a man steals a female selkie’s skin, she is in his power, to an extent, and she is forced to become his wife. Female selkies are said to make excellent wives, but because their true home is the sea, they will often be seen gazing longingly to the ocean. If she finds her skin she will immediately return to her home — sometimes, her selkie husband — in the sea.
Male selkies are very handsome in their human form, and have great seduction powers over human women. They typically seek those who are dissatisfied with their romantic life. This includes married women waiting for their fishermen husbands. If a woman wishes to make contact with a selkie male, she has to go to a beach and shed seven tears into the sea.
My reverie was broken as I got a clear view of the creature. Of course Selkies are not migratory!