Dugong. Dugong: Explore the Fascinating Sea Cow

Dugong

The snout is a bit larger than the manatee and has a sharply angled premaxilla with a large upper lip used to help it capture food.

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Dugong: Explore the Fascinating Sea Cow

In the front area of the main deck are a medical and weapons storerooms.

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Dugong Facts, Information, Pictures & Video.

While these marine mammals are a protected species, they may occasionally be hunted by poachers for their meat or bones. In some cases, these marine mammals may dig up a whole plant including the roots or even a group of plants and shake them clean to remove any undesirable debris like sand before consuming the food. Diet The dugong is a herbivore, as are all sea cows.

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Dugong Facts, Information, Pictures & Video.

There are also examples of populations living in bays, mangrove channels, and in the waters around inshore islands. In addition to their meat and oil, the heavy, dense bones they possess have been known to make them targets for poachers and hunters interested in selling or using their body parts for food or tools. Habitat degradation, poaching, and fishing hazards are also known threats.

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Dugong

Sexual maturity may begin as early as 8 years of age; however, it may take until the age of 18 before sexual maturity occurs, depending on the dugong. Although the ears are not visible, these marine mammals are known for their acute sense of hearing. FAQs No, dugongs are sometimes described as vulnerable or threatened.

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Dugong: Explore the Fascinating Sea Cow

While some dugong may consume invertebrates, their diet depends on where they live, as dugong in tropical waters does not appear to consume invertebrates.

Dugong

They are believed, as a species, to be vulnerable to extinction. These marine mammals are known for their unique appearance and herbivorous nature. Although commercial hunting of Dugongs has been banned, Dugongs are still listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List due to habitat loss through coastal development as well as water pollution caused by industrial activities.