Have you ever heard of this word Dugong? Any guesses you want to make before you start reading… let me tell you, this is definitely not a place in Andaman(if that helps) . …….. Alright lets not bother you too much and reveal the mystery. Dugong is a medium sized marine animal which is also called the Sea Cow or Sea Pig which happens to be the State Animal of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. 

The word “dugong” derives from the Tagalog term dugong which was in turn adopted from the Malay duyung, both meaning “lady of the sea”. 

  • The Dugong is the only strictly marine herbivorous mammal
    It mainly survives on sea grass and other aquatic vegetation
  • Dugong is distributed in shallow tropical waters in Indo-Pacific Region.
  • The animal is about three-metre length and weighs about 400 kg.
    The dugong has a fusiform body with no dorsal fin or hind limbs. The forelimbs or flippers are paddle-like.
  • The dugong is easily distinguished from the manatees by its fluked, dolphin-like tail, but also possesses a unique skull and teeth. Its snout is sharply downturned, an adaptation for feeding in benthic seagrass communities. The molar teeth are simple and peg-like
  • The dugong is hunted for its meat and oil.
  • The IUCN lists the dugong as a species vulnerable to extinction, while the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species limits or bans the trade of derived products
  • It has a long lifespan of 70 years or more, and slow rate of reproduction, one of the major reasons for dugongs more vulnerable to extinction
  • In India Dugong is reported from Gulf of Kutch, Gulf of Mannar, Palk Bay and Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Within A&N Islands Dugong has been reported from Ritchie”s Archipelago, North Reef, Little Andaman and parts of Nicobars

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Personally I have never seen one in real back home except for the pictures and its model in the museum.

There you go, a new information (if you didn’t know about it earlier) to be added as part of #atozchallenge 🙂 . What is your State/Country animal?  Ever heard about Dugong before, let me know in the comments if your place also has some endangered species like these.

Happy Blogging !!! Live.Love.Laugh !!!




  1. Great post! Such a odd looking animal, the dugong. I have a friend here at home who worked with them in the aquarium. I always thought what an interesting job that must have been ?

    1. I think these jobs are amazing they get to be so close to them.. i love the ones who work with dolphins too 🙂 I have never seen a dugong in person only in videos and as statue.. glad u liked the post.. do tell your friend Hi 🙂 happy weekend and happy blogging

      1. I agree! It would be such a great job, working with pretty much any animal!

  2. Beautiful Post, will surely make a trip to Andamans, it definitely must be amazing,your pics say so!!

    1. You should visit Deepthi and just drop me a message if you need any kind of help 🙂

  3. Never heard of this Animal. Thanks for sharing the facts about it. What a typical name.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Upasna.. glad you found the post informative and something new to learn….happy blogging and happy weekend!!:)

  4. That’s a new infirmation for me! That statue looks real. I thought how it was not in water, when I saw the pic 😛 Thank you, Sneha.
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    1. Hi Shalini… thanks for stopping by… everyone was taken aback seeing the statue of the dugong … it looks real isnt it.. and am loving your blog posts on food and travel..recently share you blog link for a couple friend who was planning to visit Thailand 🙂 Happy weekend and happy blogging!!!

  5. That statue was so real, I thought one had hopped out of the water! Our nation’s symbol is the bald eagle, and here in North Carolina, the state bird is the cardinal.
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    1. Hi Eli.. am so glad that you liked the post. hehehe it did look real.. even i was surprised the first time i had seen the statue.. i saw your mail have replied back…. An eagle as a symbol is very expressive..i love eagle..i really wana get a tattoo done as one… i googled the cardinal bird they are so colorful 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and sorry for the late reply.. happy weekend and happy blogging

      1. Got your email! We have a couple of cardinals who live outside the side window. The male is brilliant red, the female, an understated brown.

  6. That is a statue?? I had to look twice!

    1. hehehe yes yes..it is a statue!!! right in front of the museum.. i never got to see one in real..so this is the only one that i have seen 😛

  7. Never heard of a dugong. Thanks for an interesting and informative post.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by Oneta. Am so glad my post could be of some information to you 🙂 happy weekend and happy blogging

  8. I have never heard of a dugong but your post was really interesting.

    The Maine state animal is the moose. I blogged about them during last year’s A to Z Challenge for X: X is for Moose X-Ing and a visit to the Maine Wildlife Park. . They’re adorable. WeekendsInMaine

    1. Ohhh wow..a moose as state animal thats interesting… and i had also never heard of dugong apart from the fact that its andamans state animal. never been lucky to see one in person. Will surely give it a read.. thanks for stopping by and happy weekend.

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