A mermaid is a mythological aquatic creature with a female human head, arms, and torso and the tail of a fish. Mermaids are represented in the folklore, literature and popular culture of many countries worldwide. A male version of a mermaid is known as a "merman" and in general both males and females are known as "merfolk" or "merpeople". A "merboy" is a young merman.
Solomon Islands: The Adaro were malevolent merman-like sea spirits found in the mythology of the Solomon Islands. Said to arise from the wicked part of a person's spirit, an adaro is described as a man with gills behind his ears, tail fins for feet, a horn like a shark's dorsal fin, and a swordfish or sawfish-like spear growing out of his head.
A sea god, probably Phorkys, carries a Nereid Nymphe across the sea. The red-skinned god is depicted as a merman, with coiling fish-tail and lobster-claw "feet" and horns. His arms and chest are decorated with spines. He holds a box (of salt?) in one hand and a flaming torch in the other, and is draped with a wreath of seaweed (?). The goddess riding on his back may be one of the Nereides or, perhaps his sea goddess wife Keto.
Mako Mermaids to Debut Exclusively on Netflix July 26th -- This teen fantasy series picks up where H20: Just Add Water left off, following four mermaids who venture onto land to take back a merman's powers. -- http://wtch.it/OkYb0