Sailors and fishermen describe them as the size of a man, but much more slender, with webbed hands and feet and a series of highly venomous spines protruding from their back near the shoulder blades. Their face is somewhat fishlike with frilled gills under the chin and large black orbs for eyes. Small pointed teeth line the mouth and their language is similar to that of Dolphins and Whales, with high pitches squeaks and clicks that cannot be reproduced by humans – nor are they physically capable of speaking human languages, making communication with them impossible (though it should not be assumed that they cannot understand human languages, they simply cannot speak them).
During the night they come to the reefs and shallows where they are sometimes seen by passing ships, but it is usually not more than a fleeting glimpse for they are extremely shy and reclusive creatures. On the rare occasion when they are caught in a fishing net, their fellows will group en-masse an attempt to recover their companion, up to and including the use of force if simple negotiation fails – fighting with their own nets, tridents and spears made from spines of sword fish or the jaws of sharks.
Exactly what they do in their coral homelands is unknown, though on certain times of the year, a deep orange glow far out at sea is attributed to their annual celebrations. Sadly, their spines are highly valued on the black market for alleged magical properties, though actually capturing them is a dangerous job, for if actively hunted, they show surprising cunning – and many of the ships who have a few initial successes capturing them are soon mysteriously lost at sea..