Dugong Conservation Reserve

India’s first Dugong Conservation Reserve is going to be set up by the state government of Tamil Nadu in Palk Bay – a semi-enclosed shallow water body located between the southeast coast of India and Sri Lanka. The reserve will span across 500 sq km, ensuring the survival of seagrasses in the region, which is the main source of food for dugong.
Dugong (a species of sea cow) is found throughout the warm latitudes of the Indian and western Pacific Oceans. The species spends its time in sea grass beds. It never enters freshwater. While the adult dugongs do not have natural predators, juveniles are preys of saltwater crocodiles, killer whales and large coastal sharks.


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