I’m sure that we’ve all heard the expression, ‘Don’t drink the water, fish live in it’ and all the rather awful imagery conjured up from that thought. If that isn’t enough to put you off drinking tap water for a good while, try these water inhabitants on for size:
Ashrays, or Water Lovers, are from Scottish mythology and are believed to be completely translucent water creatures that are often mistaken for sea ghosts. They can be both male and female and can be found only under water. Being completely nocturnal, one would never come across such creatures during the day. When captured and exposed to sunlight Ashrays supposedly melt and only a puddle of water remains.
Bäckahästen means brook horse; this was the name of a mythological horse in Scandinavian folklore. She would appear near rivers in foggy weather, and whoever decided to ride on her back was unable to get off again. The horse would than jump into the river, drowning the rider. Celtic folklore describes shape-shifting horses called kelpies, and it is thought Bäckahästen may be a kelpie.
Blue men of the Minch
These supernatural sea creatures were said to live in underwater caves in the Minch, a straight between Lewis, Long Island and the Shiant Islands near Scotland. The Blue Men looked like humans with blue skins. They were infamous for swimming alongside passing ships, and attempting to wreck them by conjuring storms and by luring sailors into the water. If a captain wanted to save his ship he had to finish their rhymes and solve their riddles and always make sure he got the last word.
Bunyip literally means devil, or spirit. It is a mythological creature from Aboriginal Australia that was said to lurk in swamps, creeks, riverbeds and waterholes. Aborigines thought they could hear their cries at night. They believed Bunyip took humans as a food source when their stock was disturbed, preferably women and they tended to blame the Bunyip for disease spread in the river area. Bunyip supposedly had flippers, a horse-like tail and walrus-like tusks.
Here, at AquAid, we can’t promise you unlikely tales of creatures in your water cooler, but we do guarantee that the water we supply will be fresh spring water bottled and sealed at one of our three sources in the U.K.
Even more marvellous is that for each purchase you make, a percentage of the revenue generated goes to sustainable clean drinking water projects in Africa and other Third World countries.