Other Names: Sirenia, Sea pig, Sea cow
Size: Around 3 meters
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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