"They had more beautiful voices than any human being could have; and before the approach of a storm, and when they expected a ship would be lost, they swam before the vessel, and sang sweetly of the delights to be found in the depths of the sea, and begging the sailors not to fear if they sank to the bottom. But the sailors could not understand the song, they took it for the howling of the storm. And these things were never to be beautiful for them; for if the ship sank, the men were drowned, and their dead bodies alone reached the palace of the Sea King."
Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid
The Merfolk are living deep underwater, beneath oceans and seas. They are known for their romantic and poetic hearts, reflected in their incredibly beautiful songs. Their spoken language is Mermish and is used only above water. It is simplistic and heavily aspirated, a combination of coastal human dialects mixed with Mersong. Below the water the Merfolk communicate in a series of whistles, fluting sounds and sonic pulses which humans cannot hear. It is said that whales, dolphins, and other large fish also hear and comprehend this language (inspired by "the Merfolk" on Santharia.com)
Merman, seen on the coasts of Dublin [size: 46 cm tall, made on custom order]