A race of fish-like humanoids that lives under the world's oceans and worship Cthulhu, Dagon, and Hydra. They are immortal, though they can be destroyed by violence. They look like gruesome bipedal frogs, with warty, scaly skin, bulging eyes, gills, and webbed and clawed hands and feet. They can vocalize a little, but tend to stick to croaks and growls; they appear to communicate with each other through telepathy.

They normally prefer to avoid humans, but have been known to mate with them in order to create human-deep one hybrids. Hybrids start out looking like normal people, but as they grow older, they become more and more fishy in appearance. Eventually, they turn into deep ones completely and swim out into the ocean to spend eternity in adoration of their blasphemous gods.

"The Shadow Over Innsmouth" by H.P. Lovecraft
Encyclopedia Cthulhiana by Daniel Harms, pp. 51-53

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