Other Names: Sirenia, Sea pig, Sea cow

Class: Mammalia

Size: Around 3 meters

Status: Endangered

The dugong's body is torpedo shaped and is more streamlined than the manatee but less compared to the dolphin and has small flippers and whale like tail flukes. The adult dugong's color is grayish bronze which progressively becomes lighter.

They have short, stiff and fine thin hairs that are sparsely distributed throughout the back but is longer and more abundant in the snout region.

Dugongs also possess tusks which are used for purely social activities like courtship, courting, mating and fighting. The eyes of a dugong are small, round and dark and they are closed by lids with a sphincter action. underwater vision is assumed to be similar to that of a masked diver.

They supposedly found in the Zambales Region in the north to the Bicol Region in the South. They were also known to be found in Mindoro, Romblon, and Masbate. They also thrive in the Visayas Region from Cebu, Bohol, Samar and Leyte. Sitings have also been known to occur in Southern Mindanao in the General Santos area.

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