Dugong ribs were used to make carvings in Japan. Dugong oil is important as a preservative and conditioner for wooden boats to people in around the Gulf of Kutch in India, who also believe the meat to be an aphrodisiac. Dugongs are air breathing marine mammals, and become entangled in fishing nets and drown. There may be more than 80,000 Dugongs in Australian waters, more than half the world’s total. Dugongs share a common ancestor with elephants, and are most closely related to the manatee, their northern hemisphere relative. He seeks love, he just doesn't know where to look.

Dugongs and manatees are the only herbivorous marine mammals alive today. The greatest danger to dugongs is due to human impact. This makes the reef one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth, and it harbors many endangered creatures like green sea turtles and dugongs. Dugongs like warm water and are found between 27° north and south of the equator. The thick bristles (vibrissae) function as sensory hairs and are important for detecting, discriminating, and manipulating food. Better information delivered in culturally appropriate ways to target communities and coupled with […] Dugong oil is important as a preservative and conditioner for wooden boats to people around the Gulf of Kutch in India, who also believe the meat to be an aphrodisiac. In other populations, male dugongs will battle for breeding rights over a female. Commercial gillnet fishing is a major threat to dugongs along Australia’s eastern coastline. They are well designed for aquatic life, with nostrils situated on top of their heads (so they can breathe), and have a large, strong tail that propels them through the water. This makes the reef one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth, and it harbors many endangered creatures like green sea turtles and dugongs. In addition the dugong is the state animal of the Islands, yet no one seems to recognize their importance.
But … Dugongs are related to manatees and are similar in appearance and behavior— though the dugong's tail is fluked like a whale's. Dugongs can be found in coastal waters from the western Pacific Ocean to the eastern coast of Africa. Dugongs are thought to be the inspiration for ancient seafarer’s tales of mermaids and sirens.

This is true from a communal perspective, as well as a legislative and governance perspectives.

The dugong is the holy cow of the sea.

Baby Dugongs can be up to 4 feet (1.2 meters) long and weight up to 66 pounds (30 kilograms). This makes the conservation of their shallow water marine habitat very important. Seagrass ecosystems with dugongs indicate a healthy ecosystem. Dugongs are the world’s only vegetarian marine mammal and are reliant on seagrasses for food.

2009-05-20 17:09:03 2009-05-20 17:09:03. Dugongs can grow up to three metres in length and weigh over 500 kilograms! Education and awareness to secure the future of dugong and seagrass The significance of dugongs and seagrasses is poorly understood at local, national, regional and global levels. For Hindu devotee’s it is a sin to eat the meat of a divine cow, even one hidden beneath a name conveniently changed in past years to "sea pig".


Dugongs have important cultural and social values for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in coastal areas of northern Australia.

Why are dugongs so important? Dugong ribs were used to make carvings in Japan. In some populations, a male will guard a territory from other males, and females will come to him to breed.