Piers Anthony

Is a writer  has a few books with mermaids in them. Here are a few of them.

On Earth with the hope of saving the planet from a meteor strike, an alien from an alternate reality recruits five humans to help him on his mission, using his advanced technology to enable them to breathe while under water.

To Xanth's precocious shape-shifter Prince Dolph, searching for Humfrey, the missing sorcerer, is a perfect chance to see the world. Setting off with his faithful companion Marrow, an enchanted skeleton, he will penetrate an island of illusion...exscape a goblin kingdom...outwit a husband-hungry mermaid...nest-sit for fiery dragons...and find romance with a slinky princess--all on his way to discovering a magic coin with the answers!"

This was the first printing of the same book. I have no ideal why they changed the book cover.

In this book it starts out with the mermaid coming out of the sea.

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