The Bean Nighe is a Scottish fairy popular among Irish folklore. The creature is seen as an omen of death and a messenger from the Otherworld. She is described as a being that sits by deserted streams washing the blood from the grave-clothes of those who are about to die. The creatures are thought to be the spirits of women who died giving birth and are doomed to do this work until the day their lives would have normally ended. They have one nostril, one big protruding tooth, webbed feet and long hanging breasts.