Dugongs and Mermaids, Selkies and Seals

A. Asbjørn Jøn


This article examines maritime beast lore and myth associated selkies and mermaids, then analyses links to seals and dugongs through historical and legendary accounts. The process of lore-transference between the two mythic beasts, or one taking on the mythic characteristics of the other, in modern popular culture texts is also examined. Themes of environmental sustainability and conservation are explored.


Dugong; Seal; Selkie; Mermaid; Mythology; Eco-lore;

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