Dugongs have a rounded
head and large snout. They have poor eyesight and have small eyes. They
and grab their food by sensitive bristles that cover the lip of
snout. Dugongs usually grow tusks that emerge through the skin in adult
old females. They use these tusks to fight other dugongs while mating.
have one flipper on either side of their body and are a brownish colour.
Dugongs eat sea
and are the only plant eating mammal
that live their whole lives in the marine environment. Six hundred to
hundred dugongs live in Moreton Bay Marine Parkland this is the only
the world where large numbers of these creatures are found.
relatives to the elephant. The Sea cow is another name for the Dugongs
they eat sea grass. Female dugongs don’t have their first calf until
ten years old. They feed their calves by human-like teats on one of the
flippers until it is eighteen months old. A dugong can live to seventy
old or more. The most likely place to find or spot a dugong is in shallow sea grass areas but it’s hard
to see them because they are very shy creatures.