Nereides were described as the daughters of Nereus by Doris. The Nereides were fifty Haliad Nymphy or goddess of sea. They were the patrons of sailors and fishermen, who came to the aid of men in distress and goddesses who had in their care the sea's rich bounty.
They are described as lovely divinities and dewelling with their father at the bottom of the sea. Individually they also represented various facets of the sea, from salty brine, to foam, sand, rocky shores, waves, and currents, in addition to the various skills possessed by seamen.