|An adult begins a rolling dive from close to the dinghy|
|An adult and calf come up to breath|
|The Gaspard Bay anchorage|
- Dugongs can live for up to 70 years.
- Their gestation period is 13-15 months
- They have only one calf at a time and give birth every 3-7 years
- The mothers lactate for 14 months
- They have poor eyesight but good hearing
- They locate their seagrass food via whiskers on their upper lips and pull the grass up by its roots; they manage their seagrass beds and are selective about the types of grass they'll eat.
- Adult males (and elderly females) have tusks and will fight other males during mating. We saw a pair mating, we think, when we were anchored in Uliveo island.
- They were once thought to be mermaids due to their shape, human-like eyes and the females having boobs; the sailors making these observations were probably a bit desperate, mind you!