Romantic folklore tells us that mermaids yearn for company and lure men to join them for eternity. One mermaid so loved a ship's captain that she didn't want him to die during a storm when he fell overboard, so she calmed the sea to save him. This was a tragic mistake. Although mermaids have all the powers of the sea they are forbidden by Neptune to use them to interfere in human affairs. As punishment, she was banned to the bottom of the ocean, never again to swim to the surface to see her beloved captain. Her tears are the beautiful pieces of glass that humans love to search for on special beaches.