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