Dugongs, otherwise known as the sea cow, are a bit like humans in a way.They have babies every 3-4 years and take care of their babies until their next one. They can even live up to 70 years old or more!
Never would've known!
Fun fact!: Dugongs used to be mistaken for mermaids by drunk sailors!
Fun fact!: In Palau, dugongs are called "Mesekiu".
Unfortunately, dugongs are vulnerable and endangered. They are even the most endangered marine species in Palau! This is mainly due to human activity such as fishing and pollution.
A dugongs weight is normally about 2000 pounds. (907.185kg).Its height is about 11 feet though a manatee is still much bigger. Their speed is approximately 10-25 km/hr.
Fun fact!:A dugong has good hearing but not very good eyesight.
Dugongs are harmless and only feed on seagrass. They are strict vegetarians.
Fun fact!: Dugongs can eat up to 88 pounds of seagrass a day!
That's a relief!
Dugongs, as you know, appear in the Great Barrier Reef so....
What makes the Great Barrier Reef a natural wonder?
The Great Barrier Reef is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world's largest coral reef. The reef contains an abundance of marine life and comprises of over 3000 individual reef systemsand coral cays and literally hundreds of picturesque tropical islands with some of the worlds most beautiful sun-soaked, golden beaches. The best and most amazing part is, it wasn't man made!
That is for you Max S
References: *mantaidpalau.org *Wikipedia *Softschools