John Limaito’o mermaid diving

Some tribes in Lau Lagoon consider dugongs as tambu animals. People tell the story of a woman called Faifu, who was badly treated by her mother-in-law. One day, Faifu could no longer bear the insults. She asked her husband and son to meet her after 7 days at the sea-side, and then jumped into the water. One week later the father and the young boy waited for Faifu. At noon a dugong surfaced: from now on Faifu would live in the sea. Therefore many people in Lau Lagoon will not hunt or eat dugongs.