Selkies are said to live as seals in the sea but shed their skin to become human on land. They are mythological creatures found in Faroese, Icelandic, Irish, and Scottish folklore. 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. In other stories the human will hide the selkie's skin, thus preventing it from returning to its seal form.