With a sweet face and those onyx eyes it’s easy to imagine where the legend of the selchie springs from. I reacall numerous quiet evenings, walking the road along the shore on Skye, and the sight of one or sometimes two faces like this emerging, curious and not feet away from me.
“Selkies (also known as silkies or selchies) are mythological creatures found in Faroese, Icelandic, Irish, andScottish folklore. The word derives from earlier Scots selich, (from Old English seolh meaning seal).[2 Selkies are said to live as seals in the sea but shed their skin to become human on land. The legend apparently originated on the Orkney and Shetland Islands and is very similar to those of swan maidens.”
(Selchie definition from Wikipedia, for photo, click source.)