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It is often said that if a human woman wishes to have an encounter with a male selkie she is to go to a rocky beach and shed seven tears into the ocean at high tide. They are said to be adventurous lovers, even though they don’t stick around long.

Medieval Bestiary : Mermaid Gallery Bodleian Library, MS. Bodley 532, Folio 26r. A merman, dressed as a monk, holds a fish.

Cats chasing mice - medieval illumination from "The Ashmole Bestiary" - Bodleian Library, MS. Ashmole 1511, Folio 35v