Friday, November 7, 2008

Chubby the Dugong

While doing our daily track count we stopped up north to have a fish. We looked out and saw a big dark shape moving offshore. Then a grey snout stuck out of the water for a breath. That is when we knew it was a dugong…which I named Chubby. He was a huge male, probably weighing over half a ton. Did you know they are actually related to elephants? How neat is that! Back in May the boys found a dugong skull and you can see the trunk like shape of its snout. They also walk on the ocean floor eating sea grass. In America we get the Manatee which is very similar to the dugong, but it has a different tail. I hope we get to see Chubby again.

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