Dugong is a species of aquatic mammals, the only one of its kind. Dugon is a water mammal from a squad of sirens.
In the group of sirens Dugon – the smallest representative, its weight does not exceed 600 kg, and body length ranging from 2.5 to 4-5 meters. Of course, males are bigger than females. The closest land relatives of the dugongs, strange as it may seem, are elephants. They are herbivores, their life expectancy in the wild is over 70 years. Their peacefulness, and close family ties, make them admire these huge mammals. Peaceful giants are not afraid of any natural predators, but people have put them at risk of extinction. Their distant sisters and brothers are elephants and mammals of the Damascus family. Although these animals look fat, they have little subcutaneous fat. They love the heat. One animal a day can easily absorb 10% of its weight. That is, a 400-kilogram dugong can eat 40 kilos of algae a day. Dugongs are herbivorous animals. Just like horses, their stomachs have evolved to digest hard vegetation. Their full bellies weigh 20% of their total body weight. Dugongneys and elephants are united by the fact that animals change their root teeth throughout their lives. The plants they use for writing are quite hard. Together with the grass, they get sand, which they also chew diligently.
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