What is a dugong?



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    A dugong is a large marine mammal similar to the manatee, and in the order Sirenia. The dugong has been hunted for thousands of years for its meat and oil and its population is close to extinction. Though once abundant the tropical South Pacific and Indian oceans, only groups of 10,000 or more are present on the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, at Shark Bay, and in Torres Strait south of New Guinea.

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