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Once upon a time, Man was enemy of the Sea. Man would catch fish until there were no more, consuming the children of the Sea with no regard to her pleas. The monstrous ocean would swallow up entire ships in anger, devouring the sailors and crew and leaving women longing for their husbands, sons, and lovers lost at sea. When their loved ones have all perished, the women would drown themselves in the ocean, hoping to be rejoined with their loved ones.

Some say that the Sea felt sorry for the women as they drowned and created a new breed of fish that can join bodies with the humans so they may survive under the water.

Some say that the Sea could not forgive man for slaughtering all her children. The women that joined bodies with the fish were made a part of the ocean and were never allowed to return to their human forms or to rejoin with their loved ones.

Those who have seen mermaids protect sailors at sea say they are still human at heart and continue to long for life on land. Others who have seen men mysteriously drown in the presence of the siren's song say that they have become monsters and are sinking ships at the whim of the Sea.

And that is how mermaids were created.

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...at least that's my take on how mermaids came to be. I'm not too proud of the background. Maybe I'll change it later if I come up with something better. Evolutionarily, I dont know what the tail.. sucker.. spike... thing would do, since it's not a swimmer, but it really creeps me out. XD She has pectoral fins, teeth, and vestigial eyes on the fish half, since their bodies are fused. People tell me she looks evil, but that is just how she was made. ^_^;

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sym·bi·o·sis -noun
Etymology: New Latin, from German Symbiose, from Greek symbiOsis state of living together, from symbioun to live together, from symbios living together, from syn- + bios life
1 : the living together in more or less intimate association or close union of two dissimilar organisms
2 : the intimate living together of two dissimilar organisms in a mutually beneficial relationship; especially : MUTUALISM
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:iconmisskittium:
MissKittium Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Student Writer
I love the concept. It'd make for a great book or comic series. Awesome job~!
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Lolita-Clover Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous!
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Minkymy Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
I cannot comment on this properly. It's too... [positive adjective], and I don't have the right words for it.
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MechaFurre Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
Hunh, that's rather straightforward. I expected a more Keith Thompson-esque blending or fusing.

Decent work nonetheless, though.
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spyra Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks...? Most of the time I'm not so creative. :)
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MechaFurre Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
Have a look at his site if you've got a yen for body horror. His Holy Ichthyine Empire has to be seen to be believed.
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Spring-Heeld-Jim Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
a highly original take on mermaids. i present you with the WOOT WORTHY award for originality of design
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:iconspyra:
spyra Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you! :D
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TheDJTC Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008
VERY Interesting...

Symbiote mermaids... I never would have thought of that honestly.
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RenitaO Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2006
I like the story you told with it ^^ And she's nifteh. So unlike any other mermaid I've seen *goes to explore more of your gallery*
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Silvertide Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2006
Mermaids can be so cliche, but I like the different take you took... with the fish-part having once been seperate from the woman. It makes me wonder what happened to her legs though.
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spyra Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
I...'m not sure.. ^^; Maybe, uh, it ate her feet first. :D
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Ni- Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2006   Interface Designer
I adore mermaids and your take on them is absolutely splendid. I love it. :+fav:
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:iconspyra:
spyra Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you! I'm glad you like it and not think it's too menacing-looking or something ^_^ <3
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vejiicakes Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2006   Filmographer
Oooh, so beautiful and sinister! Like vore gone terribly right ^_^ I -really- like the way the teeth latch onto the hips--that's so ... inexplicably sexy XD
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spyra Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
heheh... I'd ask how it was sexy, but it's just inexplicable, i guess. XD Thank you! =)
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Nikki0417 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2006  Student General Artist
I love the shading & color scheme. great pic. :D
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spyra Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you =)
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the-kid36 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2006  Hobbyist
thats really sexy ^^
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:iconspyra:
spyra Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you =)
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the-kid36 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2006  Hobbyist
your welcome ^^
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AlabasterUg Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2006
OOoooo! That's uber cool!!! That is an idea that, I am sure, could earn you millions... Not only that, but the picture is beautiful! Excellente!!
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spyra Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! If only making millions were this easy. That would be excellent :D
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jakofheartz5870 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
mmm sexxi!
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spyra Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you =)
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