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Sea Witches are human-like sea creatures with magical powers that have been featured in various parts of global folklore for centuries.

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Traditionally, sea witches were witches who possessed magical abilities connected to the ocean. A sea witch may be presented as a magical being such as a fairy, evil spirit, mermaid, siren, selkie, or as an ordinary human woman. Modern depictions of Sea Witches depict them as being half-octopus, but this is largely due to Disney's The Little Mermaid and did not originate from folklore.

Powers and Abilities

A Sea Witch can use her magic to summon storms, predict omens, and control over sea monsters. If portrayed as a siren she can use her hypnotic singing to kill the sailors who sailed on the ocean. If portrayed as a selkie, the Witch will be able to shapeshift from a human to a seal using a seal's pelt. A Sea Witch may also sell magical three knotted strings and ropes to sailors to protect them during their voyage.

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Along with their inclusion in older stories, sea witches have been included in contemporary stories as well.

  • Ursula, the main antagonist in Disney's The Little Mermaid (1989) is a sea witch who is a Cecaelia (a half-human half-octopus creature). In the TV series, her kind were referred to as Octopins (the Disney name for the Cecaelias). In The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea, it was revealed that Ursula had a sister named Morgana who is also a sea witch like her.
  • One sea witch named Morgana was a main contributor in luring sailors to their deaths. After falling in love with a young hero, who was sadly lost to the sea, she vowed to help other heroes and sailors in their travels. This caused her to be outcasted amount her sisters. After trying to help a son of the Roman war god Ares, she was impaled with a spear and dissolved into the sea foam, her final resting place.
  • The Feldons 2012 album Goody Hallett and Other Stories is based on the legend of Goody Hallett, a sea witch who in the mid-1700s reputedly sold her soul to the Devil and lured sailors to their deaths on the rocks.
  • The Sea Witch is a hero unit featured in the videogame Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne. The Sea Witches are the foremost of the Naga (night elves mutated into aquatic creatures by the Old Gods). The most prominent of them is Lady Vashj, the handmaiden of the infamous Queen Azshara and an ally of Illidan Stormrage.
  • Allura, the main antagonist of the Journey to Atlantis attraction at SeaWorld Orlando, is a siren/sea witch who attempts to kill the guests riding the attraction, only to get foiled by the Greek god, Hermes.

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