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Kabbindi has depicted Ngalkanburriyaymi (Mermaid). The Bininj (Aboriginal people) believe that the mermaids live in trees and water in special places in Arnhem Land. Ngalkanburriyaymi start out in a tadpole-like form, as they get older they grow fish tails and spend most of their time in the water but are able to sit on the banks of billabongs. When fully grown they are able to change their tails into legs and walk on land to forage for food. They aslo change into dragondflies at the end of the wet season, which signifies to the bininj people the rains have finished. Ngalkanburriyaymi are said to have namarnkol (barramundi) as pets and that Ngalyod the rainbow serpent serves as their protector. These spirits are guardians of sacred waterholes.