NAME: Nerissa Ellen Marina

SPECIAL POWERS: Can live on land and underwater


WORST HABIT: Forgetting that not everyone has gills

WHERE YOU LIVE: In the well

JOB IN TRIFLORA: Protect the water



The hunt for the basket that was thrown off the bridge has been going on for 5 days now.

The Keepers have been looking.

Nana and her Friends have been looking.

The Birds have been looking.

The Sailors and the Pirates have been looking.

All the Water People and Creatures have been looking but nothing had been found till this morning.



“Nerissa! Nerissa! There is a baby in the river!”

Funny how things work out !

Not one of the Searchers found anything at all.

Nerissa, who is Protector of the Water, could not think of one more thing to do.

Boy, was she surprised to hear two voices calling to her. She knew THOSE voices. It was the Owl and the Pussycat.  (I will tell you more about them one day.)

The Owl and the Pussycat have great plans for sailing off in their Pea Green Boat. They have been training for a very long time. Sometimes they simply row around in circles but today they actually set sail and were practically flying down the river when KABOOMPH ! The pea green boat hit a barrel floating in the water.

It gave them quite a shock but it was more of a shock to see a little baby boy bounce off the top of it and into the river.

They looked and looked through their binoculars. They could see a little island but they could not see a little boy.




Nerissa’s Home.

Nerissa could hear them but she wasn’t in any kind of a hurry.
Nerissa doesn’t have many things wrong with her.
She can live in land or underwater.
Her home is in the well at the edge of the River and she loves to sleep right down at the bottom under the water.

Nerissa trusts People and trusts that “everything will be O.K.”

She protects the water and everything in the water and on the water.

The one thing that can be a bit of a problem with Nerissa is that she just plain forgets that most people don’t have gills.


“ Nerissa ! Nerissa ! It’s a Baby ! It does NOT have gills! It cannot breathe underwater ! “

Gills are the things which let Merpeople and Fishes breathe under the water.

She forgets that most people will DROWN if they stay underwater for more than 2 minutes because most people do not have gills.

So, Nerissa was not in a hurry at all – but the Owl and the Pussycat were in ONE BIG HURRY. Owls and Pussycats do not have gills and they cannot breathe underwater.

The Owl and the Pussycat knew that the Baby Boy was in Big Trouble.


“I do be home, Nerissa !”

When Nerissa heard the Owl and the Pussycat coming up her steps and yelling out as loudly as they possibly could – she realised straight away that it was an EMERGENCY and dived down her well and was about to swim out into the river when an amazing thing happened.

A Baby Boy with came riding in on the back of a shark. It was NOT a MerBaby. MerPeople have tails like fish. And he was not in any kind of danger at all.

It was a Baby with legs. He was smiling at Nerissa laughing out loud.

Nerissa was very excited. She had been NEVER met another SeaShellian in her whole life. Someone who could live on the land AND under the water.  Now, here was this Baby Boy and it looked like he was going to stay.


What a wonderful day !

Nerissa sent the Owl and the Pussycat back to Nana to tell everyone what had happened.  Then she started to ask the little fellow a LOT of questions, but he just wrapped his arms around her and fell asleep.

All the questions can wait until tomorrow.

One more thing – when she asked him his name, he didn’t tell her but he did whisper these words to her
“ I have a sister.”


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