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Dugongs in Australia


The Dugong is found in Northern waters of Australia and is medium sized marine mammal, with its closest modern relative being the sea cow. The Dugong is largely dependent on seagrass communities for subsistence and is thus restricted to the coastal habitats which support seagrass meadows, with the largest dugong concentrations typically in wide, shallow, protected areas such as bays, mangrove channels and the waters of large inshore islands and inter reefal waters.

The dugong's currents distribution is fragmented, and many populations are believed to be close to extinction.

The northern waters of Australia between Shark Bay an Moreton Bay are believed to be the dugong's contemporary stronghold.

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