Irish fishermen still fish the waters around Ireland as they have for thousands of years, with the rugged beauty of the Irish coast as their backdrop. And, of course they tell their fish stories. Many Irish legends involve selkies. Selkies are magical seals who, when on land, shed their skins and become women. A man that captures the seal's pelt can force the woman the stay with him. But the legend of the selkie is just the backdrop. The real story is the story of loss. In these tiny sparsely populated coastal villages, these fishermen can lead very lonely lives. Which is why they feel the loss of loved ones who have died or emigrated so deeply. See The Secret of Roan Inish, a truly fine film, for another story of fishermen and selkies.