If you use Instagram, you might have noticed that May saw lots of mermaid illustrations popping up, sometimes from the most unlikely people!

Artist & animator Tom Bancroft started MerMay last year, challenging artists and illustrators the world over to create a mermaid every day for the month of May.

And what a response there has been! Here are some of my favourites from this year’s selection:

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Syrena deska #mermaid #kohinoormondeluz #drawing #mermay #babrzyart #wiemzejuzniemajalezapomnialamwstawic

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Which of y'all participated in #MerMay this year? Art: @inkedpawprints

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I'm a little late for mermay… #mermay #mermaid #watercolor #sketches

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Why not both? #MerMay #MerMay2017 #Junicorn #Junicorn2017 #ArtByMe #UnicornMermaid #Narwhalmaid ? #Merman #Promarker

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With love and narwhals (because underwater unicorns),

Mermaid Kerenza Sapphire xox