Dugong Clicker


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Photo: Dugong under water

Possibly the inspiration for mariners' tales of mermaids, dugongs are closely related to elephants.

Photograph by OSF/D. Fleetham/Animals Animals—Earth Scenes

Type:
Mammal
Diet:
Herbivore
Average life span in the wild:
70 years
Size:
8 to 10 ft (2.4 to 3 m)
Weight:
510 to 1,100 lbs (231 to 499 kg)
Group name:
Herd
Protection status:
Threatened
Size relative to a 6-ft (2-m) man:
Illustration: Dugong compared with adult man