Far to the west in the deep blue sea there dwells a great serpent named Thugine. His scales are of many shimmering colors. When a rainbow appears in the sky, it is Thugine curving his back and the sun reflecting the colors of his scales.
Many years ago, a tribe of blacks camped close to a sea beach. One
morning they all went out to fish and hunt, with the exception of two
boys, whom the old men left in charge of the camp. Wander not into the
forest lest the wild dogs eat you, or to the beach, where Thugine the
serpent is -waiting for children who wander alone." This was the parting
advice of the old men to the boys.
When the men had departed, the boys played about the camp for a
while, but they soon grew tired of their games. The day was very hot,
and in the distance the boys could hear the dull, deep booming of the
surf. Both the boys were longing to go to the beach, but were afraid to
speak their desire. At last the elder boy spoke, and said: "The fires of
the sun are burning bright to-day, but on the breeze I can feel the
cool breath of the sea. Let us go to the beach, and we shall return
before the shadow of night has fallen. The men will not know." The other
boy hesitated and was afraid, but at last he yielded, and together they
wandered hand in hand through the bush.
After walking for some time they came to an opening in the trees,
and, before their expectant gaze, a wonderful scene unfolded. A golden
beach stretched far away until it was lost to view in the dim distance.
The cool waves rolled lazily in great green billows from the outer reef,
and dashed in a haze of sparkling white foam on the hot sands of the
palm-fringed beach. The song of the sea rose in a deep, loud booming,
and gradually died away to a low, soft murmuring. The boys were lost in
wonder at the beauty of the scene. Never had they seen such an expanse
of water sparkling in the sun like the blue sky. Over its rippled
surface the shadows ,of the clouds floated like sails across the sun.
Thugine, the serpent, had seen the boys coming from afar, and, while
they played on the beach, he swam swiftly and silently to the shore and
seized them. When the men arrived at the camp, they discovered the
absence of the boys. They searched the bush all through the -night, and
at dawn came to the beach. Far from the shore they saw two, black rocks
jutting out of the sea. Then they knew that Thugine had taken the
wandering boys and turned them into rocks. The men turned their faces
again towards the camp; their hearts were heavy and their thoughts were
To this day the rocks remain between Double Island Point and Inship
Point, When a rainbow appears in the sky, the old men of the tribe tell
the story of the disobedience and punishment of the wandering boys.