Atargatis (called Derketo by the Greeks and Philistines) is the Syrian fertility goddess of the earth and water who also happens to be the first mermaid. One Greek story says that Atargatis fell in love with a shepherd-boy. He, being a mere mortal, was killed by her divine lovemaking. When she realized she was pregnant she became distraught and remorseful. After the birth, and leaving the baby (Semiramis) on the shore, Atargatis threw herself into a pool to drown. Instead she was changed to a fish woman (mermaid.) Another story says that Atargatis was hatched from an egg that fell from heaven and landed in the Euphrates river, where some fish pushed it to shore. There on the banks, a dove incubated it and helped it to hatch. To show her gratitude to the fish, Atargatis persuaded Zeus to put an image of the fish in the stars creating the constellation Pisces.