Dugong

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Dugong

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Character Data
Japanese Name: ジュゴン
Romanised Name: Jugon
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Dugong dugon
Distribution: Unknown
Diet: Herbivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 70 years
Read More: Dugong
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 VU.svg.png
Dugong Nexon Game

Dugong is a type of Friend that appeared in the original Kemono Friends mobile game.

Appearance

Dugong has long, grey hair with aqua tips and braids decorated with a pink starfish and white beads. Attached to her head are a pair of white-tipped flippers. She has turquoise eyes and a large fluked tail the same colour as her hair with darker shading on the ends.

Her clothing is a simple bikini as well as gloves and thigh highs, all being primarily grey. Her bikini top is tied in the front with some small aqua details and has thin dark aqua straps, and the bottoms have small aqua bows on either side. Her gloves and thigh highs are white at the hands and feet, respectively, and are trimmed at the tops with an aqua frill.

In Real Life

The dugong is a medium-sized marine mammal. It is one of four living species of the order Sirenia, which also includes three species of manatees. It is the only living representative of the once-diverse family Dugongidae; its closest modern relative, Steller's sea cow, was hunted to extinction in the 18th century.

These enormous vegetarians can be found in warm coastal waters from East Africa to Australia, including the Red Sea, Indian Ocean, and Pacific. Dugongs are related to manatees and are similar in appearance and behavior— though the dugong's tail is fluked like a whale's. Both are related to the elephant, although the giant land animal is not at all similar in appearance or behavior.

Dugongs graze on underwater grasses day and night, rooting for them with their bristled, sensitive snouts and chomping them with their rough lips. These mammals can stay underwater for six minutes before surfacing. They sometimes breathe by “standing” on their tail with their heads above water. Dugongs spend much of their time alone or in pairs, though they are sometimes seen gathered in large herds of a hundred animals.

Female dugongs have one calf after a yearlong pregnancy, and the mother helps her young reach the surface and take its first breath. A young dugong remains close to its mother for about 18 months, sometimes catching a ride on her broad back.

These languid animals make an easy target for coastal hunters, and they were long sought for their meat, oil, skin, bones, and teeth. Dugongs are now legally protected throughout their range, but their populations are still in a tenuous state.

Trivia

Some believe that dugongs were the inspiration for ancient seafaring tales of mermaids and sirens.

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