The Dugong, cow of the sea

The Dugong is a relative of the fresh water mammal, the Manatee but with 2 huge differences.

  • The main difference is their habitat. The Dugong is a marine mammal which means it only live in salt water seas and oceans. Its common name is “the sea cow”. Now think back, how many times have you heard the term “sea cow” in a pirate movie?
Dugong range - in blue
Dugong range – in blue
  • The other main difference is the shape of their tails. The manatee has a round paddle shaped tail while the Dugong has a tail that resembles a dolphins tail.
See the tail shape of the Manatee? Round and paddle like
See the tail shape of the Manatee? Round and paddle like

 

This is a Dugong with a dolphin like tale
This is a Dugong with a dolphin like tale

While not many people have even heard of a Dugong, they have appeared on stamps and coins in the countries that they are found near.

Dugong coin
Dugong coin

Because they are a slow moving mammal and they have a low reproduction rate, they are rapidly becoming a rare sea creature.

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