Thuawlayg means “leader” or “whistler”. He protects the dugong pack from danger. Torres Strait Islanders do not hunt the thuawlayg because he is unpredictable and dangerous. Sometimes he will attack your boat and he has a very large tail. It is said that a long time ago when hunters harpooned a leader, the thuawlayg dragged the hunters and their boat for 4 hours so they ended up cutting the rope. The thuawlayg skin is very tough to harpoon.