Dugong

Often called dugong mermaids by sailors due to mammary glands and nursing habits are similar to humans

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Dugong has tough, thick, and smooth skin that is pale cream on newborns and darkens as they age; adults are deep slate grey on the back and sides. The hairs also covered their body sparsely, with bristles on their muzzle. They have a large and rounded snout with flexible upper lips that are curved downwards, hanging over the mouth.

They are also known as “sea cows” because they graze on seagrass using their upper lips to snatch the entire plant. Before eating the seagrass, they will shake their head to shake off the sand from the seagrass. They will leave behind a furrow after feeding on the seabed.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Australia
2015
Bahrain
2015
Bangladesh
2015
Presence Uncertain, Origin Uncertain
Brunei
2015
Cambodia
2015
China
2015
Cocos Is. (Keeling)
2015
Comoros
2015
Djibouti
2015
East Timor
2015
Egypt
2015
Eritrea
2015
India
2015
Indonesia
2015
Iran
2015
Presence Uncertain, Vagrant
Iraq
2015
Presence Uncertain, Vagrant
Japan
2015
Nansei-Shoto
Jordan
2015
Kenya
2015
Kuwait
2015
Presence Uncertain, Vagrant
Madagascar
2015
Malaysia
2015
Maldives
Official estimate
EX
Extinct locally
Mauritius
Official estimate
EX
Extinct locally
Mauritius
2015
Rodrigues
Mayotte
2015
Mozambique
2015
Myanmar
2015
Presence Uncertain, Origin Uncertain
New Caledonia
2015
Oman
2015
Presence Uncertain, Vagrant
Palau
2015
Papua New Guinea
2015
Bismarck Archipelago
Philippines
2015
Qatar
2015
Saudi Arabia
2015
Seychelles
2015
Singapore
2015
Solomon Islands
2015
Somalia
2015
Sri Lanka
2015
Sudan
2015
Taiwan
Official estimate
EX
Extinct locally
Tanzania
2015
Thailand
2015
UAE
2015
Vanuatu
2015
Vietnam
2015
Yemen
2015
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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No