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Poseidon and the Dolphin's Feat

There once came a time where Poseidon was feeling extreme loneliness. Full of anger, he was stirring up storms so strong that made the seas and heavens unite...
To combat his sad feelings, Poseidon set out to find a wife. On his way, he stumbled upon the mermaid Amphitrite, a sea nymph with golden hair and shimmering blue eyes, dancing on the island of Naxos with her girlfriends. Captured by her extraordinary beauty, Poseidon couldn't help falling in love with her and asked her to marry him.

Amphitrite, a granddaughter of the Greek Titan of the seas Oceanus and the daughter of the gentle Sea god Nereus, was trying to protect her virginity in any way possible. So she refused Poseidon's proposal, telling him that she disliked his violent nature, and then flew to the Atlas Mountains to escape.

However, Poseidon was determined. So he sent his messenger Delphinus, the king of the dolphins, to locate the mermaid and win her heart.

The dolphin king obeyed and started a long, perilous journey to find the love of his master. When he finally located the maid, he promissed her that, if she married Poseidon, all the energies of Poseidon would balance and tranquility would come to the world of waters. No strong sea would ever do harm to the seamen again.

Touched with emotion, Amphitrite surrendered and she married Poseidon. According to Apollodorus, the couple gave birth to two daughters, the Nymphs Rhode and Benthesicyme, and a son, the merman Triton, with the upper body of a human and the tail of a fish.

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