Kingdom : Animalia
                         Class : Mammalia
                      Family : Dugongidae
       Scientific Name : Dogong Dogon

                      Size(L) : 2.7m - 3m 
                                      (8.9ft - 9.8ft)
                      Weight : 150kg - 400kg
                                      (330lbs - 880lbs)
                Top Speed : 22km/h (13mph)
                 Life Span : 50 - 70 years

                      Colour : Brown, Grey
                 Skin Type : Leather
Distinctive Features : Large body size and
                                     forked tail
  1. Dugongs are large marine mammals inhabiting the warm waters surrounding Indonesia and Australia.
  2. Their population is concentrated around northern Australia.
  3. They are very closely related to manatee.
  4. Though they look very similar to manatee, they are two different species.
  5. They differ from manatees in having a forked tail like that of shark and in being smaller than them.
  6. They grow to an average size of around 3m in length and weigh around 400kg.
  7. They are referred as the cows of the sea because of their strictly herbivorous diet.
  8. Dugongs feed on sea grasses and aquatic plants that abundantly grow in tropical shallows.
  9. They are known to leave a trail of bare sand and uprooted sea grass behind them.
  10. The female dugongs gives birth to a single calf only once in five years.
  11. The dugongs calves are born underwater and are capable of swimming immediately on birth.
  12. The calves stay with their mother for the first two years of their lives.
  13. Their average lifespan is between 50-70 years.
  14. Interestingly, the legends of mermaid are thought to have originated from the ancient sailors’ spotting of dugongs.
  15. It is believed that the sailors mistook dugongs and manatees for being half-human and half fish.
  16. They are a threatened species today and their numbers are declining through commercial fishing accidents.

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