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Dugong

Dugongs (Dugong dugon), sometimes referred to as sea cows, are gentle, social animals found in at least 37 countries, with large herds living in northern Australian waters. Sadly, they are listed as vulnerable to extinction.

Scientific Name: Dugong dugon
Diet: Graze on seagrasses
Size: Up to 3m and 400kg

Habitat / Distribution: Warm, shallow seagrass beds found throughout tropical and sub-tropical island waters in the Indo-Pacific region.

You may also be interested in Sea World’s conservation partnership with the University of Queensland in the Annual dugong health assessments in Moreton Bay.

  • Overview

    The Impact of Coastal Development on Dugong Populations

    Researchers work to identify key habitats and dugong movement pathways off the Queensland coast.

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    The Impact of Dugongs and Green Turtles on Seagrass

    Is the spread of seagrass impacted by marine mega-herbivores?

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Year Funded

Researchers

Organisation

Project

2015

LANYON, Janet, SEDDON, J & DA SILVA, C

UQ

Dugong population structure, connectivity and movements along the developing central Queensland coastline

2011

MARSH, Helene, FUENTES, M & HAMMANN, H

JCU

Informing dugong hunting management in Torres Strait by studying dugong movements and habitat usage

2009

TROTT, Darren, LANYON, Janet & KLIEVE, A

UQ

Profiling the hindgut bacteria of wild and captive dugong as an indicator of gut health

2006

MCMAHON, Adrian, LAWLER, Ivan

JCU

Population genetics of the dugong in the central Great Barrier Reef region.

2004

DUNSHEA, Glenn & LAWLER, Ivan

JCU

Age estimation of live dugongs: development and application of a molecular technique

2004

LANYON, Janet & SLADE, Rob

UQ

Genetic tagging dugongs South East Queensland

2002

HODGSON, Amanda 

JCU

The effects of anthropogenic noise on the behaviour of inshore marine mammals: dugongs and dolphins.

2002

LAWLER, Ivan 

JCU

Foraging ecology of dugongs: implications for management.

2000

MARSH, Helene & LAWLER, Ivan

JCU

Improving aerial survey estimates of dugong population through compensating for variation in diving behaviour and water turbidity

1999

CORKERON, Peter 

JCU

Can dugong sanctuaries protect dolphins? (Reckitt & Coleman funded project)

1997

LANYON, Janet 

UQ

Small scale movements and habitat use by individual dugongs at Moreton Bay.

1995

MARSH, Helene & LANYON, Janet

JCU

Improving the capacity to detect trends in dugong populations