In some versions of the tale, it is told that Athene was jealous of Medusa's hair, and so cursed her. So does that mean that Poseidon took the form of a fish in order to rape some other poor woman, spawning the mer people? And some other god took the form of a lion or eagle to then rape the other for the griffin? Or a goddess who had taken on the form of the other animal? I'm not sure which I would prefer. E. M.