Webcomic: Don’t taunt the sea


Back in their heyday, pirates who sailed off the coast of North Lower Bayheightsville had their own reasons why they kept their eyes on the sea.

According to folklore, turning your back on the ocean angers the spirits of the water. For the rest of your travels, you will be taunted and tormented by sea sprites, mermaids and other magical creatures. Men have reported hearing voices and having shells thrown at their heads after making the mistake. For the cursed, every time they turn to see who’s heckling them, the deities disappear, leaving ocean-goers feeling like they’re losing their minds.

One pirate, Ol’ Bluey, would often throw rotten food and blunt objects behind his back with the hope of hitting one of those infernal sea creatures. Although he was never sure if he hit any, he was confident their mockery wasn’t just in his head. Unfortunately for Ol’ Bluey, members of his crew could only put up with this flailing and misdirected swearing for so long, and decided to lock him away in the belly of the ship.

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Today, some people claim on windy days, you can still hear Ol’ Bluey yelling, “No, you’re the sea wench!”

Check back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the summer as It’s a Shore Thing follows the adventures of the Featherstone family as they run the family bed and breakfast in out-of-the-way North Lower Bayheightsville.

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