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Poseidon and the Dolphin's Feat
There once came a time when Poseidon felt extreme loneliness. Full of rage, he stirred up storms so strong that the seas and the heavens united...
To combat his sad feelings, Poseidon set out to find a wife. On his way, he came across the mermaid Amphitrite, a Sea Nymph with golden hair and shimmering blue eyes, who danced with her friends on the island of Naxos. Captivated by her extraordinary beauty, Poseidon could not help but fall in love with her and asked for her hand in marriage.
Amphitrite, a granddaughter of Greek Titan Oceanus and the daughter of the gentle sea god Nereus, tried to protect her virginity in every way possible. Thus she refused Poseidon's proposal, telling him that she disliked his violent ways, and then fled to the Atlas Mountains.
But Poseidon was determined. So he sent his messenger Delphinus, the king of the dolphins, to find the mermaid and win her heart.
The dolphin king obeyed and set out on a long, perilous journey to find his master's love. When he finally located the mermaid, he promised her that if she married Poseidon, all of Poseidon's energies would be balanced and peace would come to the world of the waters. No strong sea would ever harm the sailors again.
Moved with emotion, Amphitrite gave up and married Poseidon. According to Apollodorus, the couple gave birth to two daughters, Nymphs Rhode and Benthesicyme, and a son, the merman Triton, with the upper body of a man and the tail of a fish.