dugong dugong

Definition(s):

  • (n) sirenian tusked mammal found from eastern Africa to Australia; the flat tail is bilobate

Usage(s):

  1. At such moments, the head and shoulders of the dugong rise from the water in a vaguely human attitude.
  2. THE dugong is a ludicrous-looking aquatic mammal that nurses its young at its breast.
  3. The area is a favored haunt of the endangered dugong, a cousin of the manatee, that feeds in the sea grasses of the shallow coastal waters.

News

  • Dugong activity unlikely to sway Futenma plans

    It’s unclear if recent evidence of endangered dugong activity would add fresh ammunition to a debate over allowing Marine Corps runways to be built in an Okinawa bay, according to the island’s prefectural government.
    on October 7, 2013     Source: Stars and Stripes

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Quotes

  1. "There were other days like the day we went out diving and swam with a dugong, which was very cool," McConaughey, 38, said. "One of the guys with us, an Australian, said he had been on more than 1,000 dives and had never seen a dugong."
    on Jan 31, 2008 By: Matthew McConaughey Source: Courier Mail

  2. "I have read about the dugong but had never seen one until now. We were all saddened to see such a beautiful creature dead and it reminded us that our marine life is precious and needs to be protected. Sometimes we don't realize that a carelessly...
    on Oct 28, 2008 By: Shwikar Source: GulfNews

  3. "Concerns have been raised by a variety of groups, including the scientific community, about shark fishing and about species protected under the EPBC Act, including dugong," Mr Garrett said today. "I want to be assured that the World Heritage...
    on Sep 22, 2008 By: Peter Garrett Source: Brisbane Times

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