Most of the world’s remaining dugongs are found along the northern coast of Australia. Photo: Reuters
Most of the world’s remaining dugongs are found along the northern coast of Australia. Photo: Reuters
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Dugongs, once mistaken for mermaids, declared functionally extinct in China

  • Hunting and habitat destruction to blame for the disappearance of ‘sea cows’ in Chinese waters, scientists say
  • Ancient records describe the animals as ‘mermaids’ that ‘haunt the sea’ and are ‘able to weave’

Most of the world’s remaining dugongs are found along the northern coast of Australia. Photo: Reuters
Most of the world’s remaining dugongs are found along the northern coast of Australia. Photo: Reuters
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