In the novel, Selkie Girl, Brooks’ explains that selkie's can only come ashore and transform into humans once a year on Midsummer’s Eve. From discussions in class and from my own interpretations, I was under the impression that selkie’s could emerge out of their skin whenever they wanted to. This was not the case throughout Selkie Girl. When the main character, Elin Jean, learns that her mother is a selkie, the black and the red selkies explain that “every year at Midsummer they return to be with her” mother (Brooks). The novel differs from the movie, Secret of Roan Inish, because in the movie there is a scene where a young man finds a selkie, captures her pelt, and then takes her captive to be his wife on land. It was not stated in the movie that it was Midsummer’s Eve when the fisherman discovered the selkie. In fact, the movie made it seem like selkies could shed their pelts and come on land whenever they wanted to.
Continuing my research online, I found that many folklore have differences as to how often the selkie-folk were able to carry out the transformation. Some tales say it was once a year, usually on Midsummer's Eve, while others state it could be “every ninth night” or “every seventh stream”. Another legend says if a mortal woman wishes to make contact with a selkie-man, there was a specific