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Fish Tank For Merfolk [closed]

I haven't seen any questions like these, but please do tell me if it is a duplicate. What I need to know is: How large would a tank need to be for a merperson -maximum length around 9 feet long from ...
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What would mermaid population distribution look like? [closed]

What would the population of aquatic humanoids look like? Where would the population cluster? (ie along coasts, in shallower areas, or in warmer waters) Where would the unpopulated "deserts" ...
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How do Mermaids Create Fire? [duplicate]

Fire is useful. It generates heat to warm your house or cook your food, or to lights the fuses of your bombs. It's also handy if you can start a fire underwater and take it to the surface, so you can ...
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Acetylene Manufacture: How would Mermaids do it?

Acetylene is useful for making fire underwater. This might be used for cooking, or so you have a way to start a fire right after coming out of the water, or for some underwater welding. Or, maybe even ...
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What is the purpose of mermaid growing hair on the head? [duplicate]

Mermaids are once believed to only exist in mythology or in literature but today they numbered over 9000! They are found thriving in many parts of the ocean especially the warmer water, they have head ...
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How to keep mermaids from invading offshore fish farms?

Reports of mermaids attacking offshore fish farms are on the rise, the govt prohibits any form of harm to the mermaids only add to the operators woe. Despite investing millions of dollars on ...
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Would merfolk have pale skin?

Quite simply question. In my story I am depicting merfolk as having lighter skin than even Caucasian people, contrasting to my human society which bears resemblance skin tone wise to Hispanics. I've ...
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How would electric weapons used by mermaids function, if feasible? [closed]

Electric eels are animals that eat by stunning their prey with electricity before eating them. The amperage and voltage isn't usually high enough to kill humans but it can still hurt them. Assuming ...
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Merfolk Beauty Products (part 1: makeup)

What could an underwater civilization use to produce makeup and cosmetics? Considering that: The merfolk's tech level is the same as ours (they have fire and metallurgy thanks to magic) Makeup ...
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Would mermaid be able to leap higher out of water with a Fosbury flop?

In a high jump sport on land, athletes would adopt Fosbury flop technique to cross over a bar. This bar is the indicator of how high an individual can jump with reference to the ground, so I wonder ...
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Strength of Little Mermaids

This is a successor of Little Mermaids: Will They Survive? and concerns the strength a little mermaid has to throw around. You see, a little mermaid has enhanced strength; the strength of a typical ...
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Little Mermaids: Will They Survive?

No, this question is not about creating a subspecies of mermaid that all happen to look and act like a certain Disney princess. Not at all, in fact. You see, mermaids in my setting are capable of ...
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Specific Seashells for Self-defense

Mermaids in my setting have the power to manipulate shells. In more specific terms, they can alter a shell's shape as if they are made of putty, as well as fuse them seamlessly. This enables them to ...
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How would shell-maille fare against oceanic predators?

Imagine merpeople(your typical half-fish bodied mermaid sort) have managed to construct a form of maille armour out of shells and gold in a similar manner to scalemaille. Shells because they're hard ...
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Role of Mermaids in Medieval Fantasy Society

I have decided, upon due and proper consideration, to put All-Female Species in my book. However, if I want to have them as developed as Legend of Zelda's Gerudo, I'm going to need some help in ...
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Mermaids: Dealing With Predators

Mermaids have it rough. Being a marine species, they lack the means and quite possibly the inclination (as mermaids, like people, get used to what they have) to create fire and work metal, and ...
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How could these aquatic humans survive and reproduce?

The aquatic humans resemble regular terrestrial humans almost perfectly as adults. This means they have hands, feet, and all of their bodyparts identically to humans (H. sapiens sapiens) As children (...
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What Benefits Could Tongue-eating Lice Have For Mermaids

Well, after asking Would mermaids be affected by tongue-eating lice evolving alongside them?, I realized they would be a worthy addition to a more monstrous subspecies of mermaid. There's only one ...
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Would mermaids be affected by tongue-eating lice evolving alongside them?

The tongue-eating louse is an absolutely monstrous parasite that eats and replaces a fish's tongue. This of course poses a problem for mermaids; if these things evolved to do that for fish, why not ...
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Making a (somewhat) Realistic Mermaid

Define Mermaid... Okay, so what do I mean by 'mermaid' here? A half-fish, half-woman creature, AKA a typical, standard mermaid. Why did this happen? Long ago, there was an event called the Trifold ...
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Determining Effects of Natural Selection on Mermaids

Okay, after a lot of thought, I decided that mermen wouldn't exist in my setting. Why? Because in various IRL situations, balance is necessary for proper function. If men represent land and mermaids ...
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Are Seashell Tops Viable Clothing For Mermaids?

Yes, I know the answer for this is "no, that's unrealistic and ridiculous," but magic in my world may just change that. You see, mermaids have the (super)natural ability to create and ...
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What would a mermaid wear during the winter?

I've been trying to create a world which mermaids are a part of. These mermaids have the ability to transform into an elf when out of water and dry. Technically, they are less mermaids turning elves ...
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Anatomically Correct Tritons [closed]

Tritons are aquatic draught animals used to drive boats Externally, they appear quite chimeric. Their head is short, with many resemblances: Their jaws and teeth are like a carnivorous mammal, their ...
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Benefits of Amphibiousness for Mermaids [closed]

This question concerns the Amphibious Enchantment (covered here) and its benefits to mermaids (covered here). Why? Number one, because the monsters I call Snappers will be quite available in the ocean ...
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Would nomadic mermaids be capable of domesticating fish that they herd?

In my world, most mermaids migrate and have two family groups: A warm-water group and a cold-water group. When the water is cold (winter) the mermaids move down south to warmer waters. There the ...
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Adventurers Transporting Mermaids

Okay, so in this world we have adventurers, the kind found in DnD and various other RPG and/or fantasy worlds. In this one, adventurers take mermaids along with them on their journies for multiple ...
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Warrior Mermaid Politics [closed]

I'm sure you're wondering what I mean, so here's the background: This question concerns Misseena's evolutions (see Why Would Humanoid Kaijura Partner With Humans? for more on Misseena), Samurin and ...
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Best Way To Ride a Mermaid

This question and its counterpart is long overdue; I should have posted it immediately after (Why would merpeople let people ride them?) So; we have merpeople, both willing and able to carry people. ...
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How would merfolk insulate an underwater house?

If you tried to insulate your underwater home, making it water tight... wouldn't you suffocate yourself? Water does get stale, and run low on oxygen, creating a dead-zone, so wouldn't you want some ...
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How would mermaids protect themselves against electricity?

There are some underwater electric beasties, in the sea. And, in a fantasy world... nature is always worse. My thoughts and ponderances So, let's say the mermaids do have rubber, for simplicity. Great....
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Protecting Mermaid Pearls

Since the dawn of time, mermaids have been able to make pearls through magic. (Mermen create seashells, and these are what the mermaids wear.) These pearls form in the center of their seashell top, ...
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