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What do dugongs eat?

What do dugongs eatDugongs are referred to as "sea cows" because their diet consists mainly of sea-grass. They are particular about their diets, with certain "fields" of sea-grass being regularly cropped. Unlike manatees, dugongs are exclusively benthic, or bottom feeders. Their primary feeding mechanism is uprooting sea-grass by digging furrows in the seafloor with their snouts. Reflecting this, the muscular snouts of dugongs are more dramatically tapered than those of manatees.
Dugongs in Moreton Bay, Australia, are omnivorous, feeding on invertebrates such as polychaetes when the supply of their choice grasses decreases. They will also go to any fresh water sources for drinking. Without these fresh water sources, many would not survive. The number of these fresh water sources is beginning to decline. The dugong population is predicted to enter a steep decline.



Dugong description:

The dugong (Dugong dugon) is a large marine mammal which, together with the manatees, is one of four living species of the order Sirenia. It is the only living representative of the once-diverse family Dugongidae; its closest modern relative, Steller's Sea Cow (Hydrodamalis gigas), was hunted to extinction in the 18th century. It is also the only sirenian in its range, which spans the waters of at least 37 countries throughout the Indo-Pacific, though the majority of dugongs live in the northern waters of Australia between Shark Bay and Moreton Bay. The dugong is the only strictly-marine herbivorous mammal, as all species of manatee utilize fresh water to some degree.

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