Prince Eric dragged himself to the shore and lay down on the sand. Ariel watched him from on top of a rock. They were all safe at last, but now she was a mermaid again, and they could never be together. But King Triton knew how much Ariel loved Eric, and he saw that Eric loved Ariel, too. So, with the power of his trident, he turned Ariel into a human again – this time, forever.