They are short with paddle-like front flippers and a flute-like tail. The skin is thick and brown-gray and covered by coarse hair. They have a very muscular upper lip.
Coastal waters by tropical seas, but can also live in fresh water.
Humans. Crocodiles, killer whales and sharks prey on the young.
Social system/Group size
They normally travel as individuals or with a group of two. It is seldom that they are seen in large groups.
They are hunted for their meat, hide and oil. Another threat is habitat destruction, especially in urban regions where they live in fresh water.
They are protected in Australia by CITES which prevents to do any trade. Plus, there are conservation areas for just dugongs that are banned from hunters to study them even more before they become extinct.
Some people believe that dugongs are the inspiration of seafaring tales of sirens and mermaids.