According to legends of the far reaches of Ireland and Scotland, a Selkie is able to discard her seal skin and come ashore as a beautiful maiden. If a human can capture her seal skin, the selkie can be forced to become a fine, if wistful, wife. However, should she ever find her skin she immediately returns to the sea, leaving the husband to pine and die. This is a fine art giclee reproduction of a hand colored engraving by Rachel Badeau.

According to legends of the far reaches of Ireland and Scotland, a Selkie is able to discard her seal skin and come ashore as a beautiful maiden. If a human can capture her seal skin, the selkie can be forced to become a fine, if wistful, wife. However, should she ever find her skin she immediately returns to the sea, leaving the husband to pine and die. This is a fine art giclee reproduction of a hand colored engraving by Rachel Badeau.

Mother's Embrace (2005) by Kananginak Pootoogook, Inuit artist, stonecut

Mother's Embrace (2005) by Kananginak Pootoogook, Inuit artist, stonecut

The Selkie's Return by Julia Jeffrey.

The Selkie's Return by Julia Jeffrey.

by zirofax on DeviantArt

by zirofax on DeviantArt

by Forest Rogers

by Forest Rogers

from The Song of the Sea by Tomm Moore

from The Song of the Sea by Tomm Moore

A female harp seal with pup in the Gulf of St. Lawrence above Prince Edward Island, Canada.

A female harp seal with pup in the Gulf of St. Lawrence above Prince Edward Island, Canada.

smiling seal by David Lamberti

smiling seal by David Lamberti

Selkie and the fisherman by Freya Blackwood

Selkie and the fisherman by Freya Blackwood

10 images that show why Song of the Sea is the year's most beautiful animated film

10 images that show why Song of the Sea is the year's most beautiful animated film

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