Water babies are mysterious and dangerous water spirits from the folklore of California and other Western Native American
tribes. Water-babies are said to inhabit springs and sometimes ponds or streams. Water babies usually take the form of beautiful
human infants (although in some tribes they have fish tails, or appear as reptilian beings that merely make cries
resembling human babies.) In many tribal traditions, the cry of a water baby is an omen of death. In others, responding
to a water baby's crying by picking it up results in catastrophe.