- "Zee mermaid statue by zee bay iz my masterpiece!"
- — Schule Donavitch
The Mourning Mermaid is an item from The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. It is a stone sculpture of Martha found near Martha's Bay. The statue came to be when the alligator artist, Schule Donavitch, used Martha as a model in creating what would become his "masterpiece". After the sculpture was complete, it was placed on the shore of Martha's Bay, blocking off the entrance to a mysterious cave.
If Link examines The Mourning Mermaid, he discovers that the statue is missing a scale. During the trading quest for the Magnifying Lens, Link can obtain this particular scale by trading Martha the Necklace for the scale she has. With the scale in hand, Link can place it on The Mourning Mermaid, which in turn moves the statue, granting the hero access to the cave that the sculpture had once sealed off. Inside the cave, Link finds the Magnifying Lens, ending the trading quest.