Once again I come across an animal that I have to share – it is just too cute to be ignored. I have been intrigued by dugongs since I first saw them in a nature book many years ago. They look like a capybara crossed with a dolphin and a walrus. Sounds weird, but they are really cute!
They are large marine mammals having paddle like forelimbs. They live in marine environments and spans the waters of at least 37 countries. Having a dolphin like tail and unique teeth and skull, the dugong is an intruiging creature. They rely heavily on seagrass as food and thus stay in coastal habitats.
Their name is derived from a Malay word meaning ‘lady of the sea’ and some people think they were the basis for the mermaid myths. They can live up to 50 years, the females only having a few babies in this time, as they invest a lot of time into parental care.