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Dugong feeding

Dugong feeding

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ALEXIS ROSENFELD / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ALEXIS ROSENFELD / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Dugong feeding. The dugong (Dugong dugong) is a herbivorous marine mammal found in shallow, tropical waters throughout the Indo-Pacific region. It is also known as a sea cow due to the fact it grazes on the seagrasses that form meadows found in sheltered coastal waters. As it feeds, whole plants are uprooted and a telltale feeding trail is left behind. The dugong can grow to three metres in length and 400 kilograms in weight. Early seafarers believed that dugongs were really mermaids due to their streamlined bodies and large teats at the base of their flippers (nor seen). Photographed in the Red Sea, Egypt.

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