Selkies (also known as silkies or selchies) are mythological shapeshifting creatures that are found in Irish, and Scottish folklore. They
are seals that can shed their skin to become humans. Stories concerning selkies are generally romantic tragedies. Sometimes the human will not know that their lover is a selkie, and wakes to find them gone. Some stories from Shetland have selkies luring islanders into the sea at midsummer, the lovelorn humans never returning to dry land.