S: Weird Animals
BC: Websites for photo credit http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/dugong/ http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/ayeaye/ http://scienceblogs.com/neurophilosophy/2009/08/the_star_nosed_moles_amazing_appendages.php http://www.thefeaturedcreature.com/2010/12/blissfully-ugly-matamata-turtle.html#axzz1PSMwB8gm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dugong http://wildfilms.blogspot.com/2007/12/taking-out-trash-belayar-creek-labrador.html http://lazydugong.deviantart.com/art/The-Dugong-121530266
FC: Weird and Unusual Animals Research Project: The Dugong by: Veronica Dixon
1: Table of Contents | Description .... pg.2 | Habitat .... pg.3 | Food and Family.. pg. 4-5
2: Dugongs are called sea cows because they are herbivores and only eat sea grass. They can grow between 8-10 ft long and weigh up to 1,100 lbs. | Dugongs can be gray or brown in color with a broad forked shaped tail and paddle like flippers. They also have a thick layer of fat which gives them their round shape. They breathe air through their lungs and have 2 nostrils on top of their heads. A Dugong's skin has a rough surface that is covered with pits where short,thick hair grows.
3: Dugongs live in the warm coastal waters from East Africa to Australia. Their habitat is currently being destroyed by water pollution.Dugongs are on the endangered species list because they are being hunted for their oil, meat, fat, and hide; they also get caught in large fishing nets and collisions with boat propellers when surfacing for air.
4: The female Dugong lives in family groups of 1-3. They give live births to 1 calf every 3-7 years. The baby calf stays with its mother for 18-24 months while nursing. | Dugongs eat underwater marine plants called sea grass. They eat 88lbs of food using their paddle like flippers for balance, small tusks to dig up the grass, and a large mouth with rough lips to swallow it up. Yum!
5: Thank you for taking the time to read my little book on the Dugong, the sea cow. Hope you emjoyed it.