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    Default How do Merfolk "walk" (or otherwise use their land speed)?

    As the title: How do Merfolk walk? For the life of me I just can't figure it out, nor think of any sort of justification that works for me. I mean, their tail is too short to move like a snake, and some sort of jumping method (like a fish flopping around on land, only precise enough to actually go somewhere) is just too silly for me.

    So, how do they get around? Thoughts and ideas appreciated
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    Default Re: How do Merfolk "walk" (or otherwise use their land speed)?

    They drag themselves around with their arms, presumably.

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    Default Re: How do Merfolk "walk" (or otherwise use their land speed)?

    I assume they just slither around like clumsy snakes... Sure, their tails are too short, but small limbs never stopped dragons and fey from flying.
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    Default Re: How do Merfolk "walk" (or otherwise use their land speed)?

    They make as if to move, and then there's a cut, or the camera pans away. When we see them again, they've already arrived.
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    Default Re: How do Merfolk "walk" (or otherwise use their land speed)?

    The easiest way to express this sort of motion is by a video, so - take a look at some footage of mudskipper walking. It's basically an arm pull mixed with elements of fish flopping, but managing to not look completely ineffective and stupid. It's still slow, but merfolk don't tend to be the fastest on land anyways.
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    Default Re: How do Merfolk "walk" (or otherwise use their land speed)?

    Or you could model them off seals. The eared seals (sea lions and fur seals) in particular are surprisingly mobile on land. This may not work so well with the traditional fish tail

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidSh View Post
    Or you could model them off seals. The eared seals (sea lions and fur seals) in particular are surprisingly mobile on land. This may not work so well with the traditional fish tail
    Well... The way mermaids are more often depicted, their movements are actually closer to seals than actual fish... Not by coincidence, since the human actresses playing those mermaids are closer to other mammals than to fish in the evolutionary scale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lemmy View Post
    Well... The way mermaids are more often depicted, their movements are actually closer to seals than actual fish... Not by coincidence, since the human actresses playing those mermaids are closer to other mammals than to fish in the evolutionary scale.
    Even in animation where that isn't a concern you still tend to get angles more like whales or seals than fish. Up and down movement is common, and I'm not entirely sure I've ever seen fish like side to side movement in a visual depiction of a mermaid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knaight View Post
    Even in animation where that isn't a concern you still tend to get angles more like whales or seals than fish. Up and down movement is common, and I'm not entirely sure I've ever seen fish like side to side movement in a visual depiction of a mermaid.
    Harry Potter mermaids in the Goblet of Fire movie did have side-to-side - the tail was very sharklike.
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