In Greek mythology, Triton is the son of Poseidon
and lives with them in a golden palace in the depths of the sea. He rides the waves on horses and sea monsters and he carries a twisted conch shell, upon which he blows either violently or gently, to stir up or calm the waves. Triton is represented as having the body of a man with the tail of a fish, but sometimes also with the forefeet of a horse.
In later times there was a multiplicity of Tritons, each attending the various divinities associated with the sea.