The Seirenes were depicted as birds with either the heads, or the entire upper bodies, of women. In mosaic art they were depicted. the Sirens of Greek mythology are sometimes portrayed in later folklore as fully aquatic and mermaid like the facts that in Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Romanian and Portuguese. that in biology the sirenins comprise an order of fully aquatic mammals that includes the dugong , add to the visual confusion, so that Sirens are even represented as mermaids. However though they sing to mariners.


The sirens were three sea nymphs who lured sailors to their death with a bewitching song. They were formerly handmaidens of the goddess Persephone. When the girl was secretly abducted by Haides.The Seirenes were later encountered by the Argonauts who passed by unharmed with the help of Orpheus, the poet drowing out their music with his song. Odysseus also sailed by, bound tightly to the mast, his men blocking their ears with wax. The Seirenes were so distressed to see a man hear their song and yet escape, that they threw themselves into the sea and drowned.