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Posted in Animals, Latest of Asienreisender with tags , , , on February 26, 2014 by Thim Kwai

These lovely and shy mammals once appeared all along the Southeast Asian shores. They came in herds of hundred or more individuals. Nowadays, in the time of trawl-net fishing, relentless pollution, overhunting and mass-tourism there are few of them left. Dugongs are among the endangered animals of Southeast Asia. Since some years they get some protection in Trang Province in south Thailand, and they are displayed frequently as a local symbol there.

Although they normally flee people and boats, there are cases in which they come curiously close to divers to have a look for them. There are reports that dugongs played with divers for hours. Natural enemies of them are, except homo sapiens, some shark and whale species. Dugongs communicate by making a number of different, funny noises. It has been observed that dugongs in groups pushed sharks away with their snouts in shallow waters. Sometimes dugongs appear near ships or divers, trying to come in contact and starting playing with divers. That all gives evidence that they are high-developed, intelligent animals with a sophisticated social behaviour.

Dugongs need to take breath every few minutes. Therefore they have to come up to the water’s surface and to take air while sticking their nose out of the water, producing a certain, peculiar noise. They become around 60 years old. Pregnant femals carry their babies for thirteen months until giving birth to normally a single baby. In the average they get pregnant every seven years.

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