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About Dugong

These enormous vegetarians can be found in warm coastal waters from East Africa to Australia, including the Red Sea, Indian Ocean, and Pacific.

Dugongs are related to manatees and are similar in appearance and behaviour— though the dugong's tail is fluked like a whale's. Both are related to the elephant, although the giant land animal is not at all similar in appearance or behaviour.

Dugongs graze on underwater grasses day and night, rooting for them with their bristled, sensitive snouts and chomping them with their rough lips.

Fast Facts 

Common Name: Dugong

Scientific Name: Dugong dugon

Type: Mammals

Diet: Herbivores

Group: Herd

Average life span in the wild: 70 years

Size: 8 to 10 ft

WEIGHT: 510 to 1,100 lbs

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