According to the myth, she rose out of the sea at low tide to look for a man sometime in the 1880’s. It is said she was part jellyfish because of her transparent appearance and spindly hair. She attracted her possible suitors by giving off the scent of fine food and liquor. When the men she wooed were not to her liking, she stung them with her tentacle hair. The stings were said to induce paralysis and memory loss. In one of the stories, she even turned a man into a jellyfish.
There have been many sightings of a woman levitating out of the surf with a flowing white dress along the Eastern seaboard. Most of those reports have taken place during seaside town festivals, usually in the evening, and involving much drinking.