Water Spirits

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Water Spirits are a type of vengeful spirit that drown their victims. They are often seen inside or by a body of water.


1.03 Dead in the Water

Peter Sweeney was drowned by Jake Devins and Bill Carlton in 1970 in Lake Manitoc, Wisconsin. With the lake preparing to be dredged in 2005, Peter's spirit returns to exact revenge on the people who took his life. He drowns their family members to take everything from them before he moves to kill them. Bill Carlton voluntarily allows Peter to kill him.

Later, Peter lures Lucas Barr into the lake and tries to drown him, but Jake Devins offers to sacrifice himself to let Peter rest in peace and Lucas live. He accepts and drowns Devins.

3.06 Red Sky at Morning

A Sailor’s Ghost haunted the coast of Sea Pines, Massachusetts. In 1859, he was accused of treason, tried in a kangaroo court, and hanged by his brother aboard the Espírito Santo.

Every 37 years like clockwork, he returns to haunt the town targeting people who spilled their own family's blood. Before they are killed, they see the Espírito Santo sailing by the harbor. His body was cremated, but his right hand was cut off to make a Hand of Glory, a powerful occult object. Bela Talbot recruits Sam and Dean to aid her in retrieving the hand under the guise of dispatching the spirit, but she later steals it from the brothers and sells it.

The sailor then targets Bela Talbot who made a demon deal to kill her abusive parents and inherit their millions. Sam and Dean reluctantly help her by summoning the sailor's brother, thereby giving the spirit what he wanted. He attacks his brother and their energies cancel each other out.


The Supernatural Book of Monsters, Spirits, Demons and Ghouls mentions several water spirits in a journal entry from John's journal:


  • Russian
  • Appearance: Old man, skin freckled with scales, green beard (tangled with underwater plants)
  • Lives in sunken ships, whirlpools, etc.

The Yodyanoy may drown people, but may also protect fisherman if they dedicate their first catch to him. His servant or concubine is often the Rusalki.

John mentions he heard of Yodyanoy from hunters in Alaska but never saw one.


Women spirits (children or adults), who died in water (suicide or homicide). The adult version of these spirits are like sirens; they lure sailors to a wet grave by seducing them with their song. They might have vampiric qualities and vanish when their deaths are avenged. They might be killed if you keep them out of the water for as long as their hair dries.


The Germanic nix combines attributes of the two above creatures. John describes the nix as usually male and handsome. The nix plays music to seduce his target - like the Banshee, the nix might also warn of impending death.

John once encountered a nix in Pickney, Michigan - he used a Black Shuck as a sacrifice. BoM

Kelpie - Each Usige

A nix might appear as a horse called Bäckahästen - see celtic legends of the Kelpie. Kelpies appear near rivers and try to drown their riders. Another horse connected to water is the Each Usige, which can be ridden safely as long as it's not near water. Then it devours the rider, leaving only his liver behind.

In Massachusetts (Quabblin Reservoir) John worked an Each Usige case.BoM


  • Native American
  • Lives in rivers, plays deadly jokes.

John tracked down and defeated a Manneqishi in Minnesota.BoM