A Greek legend of King Ceyx and Queen Alcyone had great control over the wind and waves. The gods on Olympus were jealous of Alcyone's power and in defiance, drowned King Ceyx in a whipwreck. So deep was the grief of his queen that she threw herself into the sea to join her husband. The gods took pity on them and instantly turned them both into kingfishers. They built their nest on the sea, protected by the gods, who calmed the waters for them during nesting season the week before and the week after the winter solstice.