Just in the movies? *raised eyebrow*.
As a student (and a voracious reader), I've found a number of interesting differences between the "Romantic" regions (Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Latin America
, etc.) and the "Northern" regions (Scandinavia, Finland, Northern Russia, Siberia, Alaska, Northern Canada, etc.).
There's a story by Susan Cooper
based on an actual folktale from (I think) the British Isles about a man who falls in love with a woman who turns out to be a selkie (a sealwoman). Perhaps Nanaea
can locate the title of the book (for it escapes me right now (Here, Title! Here, Title!) *beckoning whisles*).Phyllis
(aka Sidhe Uaine or Gaia