By KANONI WILDER, Kid Reporter, age 9
Have you ever heard of a sea animal that is related to elephants? There is such an animal and it’s called a dugong, also known as a sea cow.
DID YOU KNOW. . .
Fact: Dugongs live in the waters of 37 countries throughout the Indo-Pacific Ocean.
Fact: They were the inspiration behind the creation of mermaids.
Fact: Dugongs can grow up to 10 feet long!
Fact: While related to manatees, dugongs stay in the salty sea and manatees spend some time in fresh water.
Fact: They are herbivores meaning they eat plants.
Fact: They can live up to 70 years.