Dugong feeding on a seagrass meadow - Claudia Cárceles Román
Claudia Cárceles Román
Dugong feeding on a seagrass meadow
The dugong, also known as the Sea Cow, is a long-living, slow-moving and slow-breeding aquatic mammal that feeds exclusively on marine plants known as seagrasses. Dugongs inhabit shallow warm waters of the East Africa, the Persian Gulf, India, South-east Asia and Australia. They belong to a small order known as Sirenia, which also includes the manatees, a slightly better known species. Unfortunately all the species belonging to this group are considered to be vulnerable due to the continuous exposure to incresing threats. The dugongs' characteristic feeding activity leaves distinctive trails behind as well as a cloud of sand created when uprooting the seagrasses, as it is depicted in the illustration.
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