When I was little, in the 1990’s, we rented a video from our library.
I think it was a combination of different stories for children, and there was one story on it about a Selkie, who’s seal skin was stolen by a fisherman/farmer.
She had to stay with him, and became his wife, and had children. One day, one of the children found her sealskin stuck behind a brick in their house, and she fled with it back to the sea.
I would love to see that movie again, but I don’t know what it is called or if it still exists.
Anyone have any information about it?
Thank you 🙂
This is not the movie Roan Innish – it isn’t a movie, it was just a short animation or collection of illustrations with narrations.

2 Responses to “Children’s Video about Selkie Wife?”

  • Angelina:

    The Secret of Roan Innish-

    The one where the baby floats off into the sea in a basket that looks like a boat?

    Oh, and those two kids fix up the cottages on the abandoned island and one of them just happens to know how to re thatch a roof?
    I think this is the movie.

  • Raider:

    The Secret of Roan Inish, I believe is the video you are speaking of check the description to see if it is the right one. See the top link below.

    If that is the correct one the second link will provide you with a site where you can view it online.

    Otherwise the following is all that I have been able to find online concerning this topic:


    * The 1994 John Sayles movie, The Secret of Roan Inish, tells the story of a family descended from selkies. It is based on the novel The Secret of Ron Mor Skerry by Rosalie K. Fry.
    * In 2000, the Australian film titled Selkie, starring Shimon Moore of the Australian rock band, Sick Puppies, depicted a young teenage male moving to a coastal town with his family and after he starts growing webbing between his fingers, having dreams of the water in the bathtub and becoming a seal after diving into the sea to save a friend, he learns that he is a Selkie. The majority of the film depicts him coming to terms with his identity and even attempting to give up his Selkie powers at which point he accepts them. The film was shot at Port Noarlunga Jetty.
    * 2010, Colin Farrell plays fisherman “Syracuse” in the movie Ondine (the name of the main character played by Alicja Bachleda, meaning “from the sea”).


    * In an episode of Catscratch, the banshee that was haunting the Highland Quid Clan was in fact a selkie (called a “seal woman” in the show) under a curse. Gordon freed the selkie by vocalizing in high tones and pitches.
    * Hallmark made a movie in 2001 titled The Seventh Stream ~ A grieving Irishman falls for a stranger with a special gift reminiscent of a Celtic legend. It was a sad movie of a man and a selkie falling in love, but unable to remain together.


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