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Bay FM has undertaken an educational campaign for the dugong, using Dug the Dugong as our friend to promote awareness of the dugong, and how we can protect them. Bay Fm has been made honorary ambassodors of the dugong collective.
Many thought the Timor Sea was Australia’s home to the major dugong population. But it wasn’t. It was in fact Moreton Bay. Their numbers here are around 750 and stable.
Dugongs mate for life, and are in fact mammals just like humans. They mainly feed on sea grasses and breast feed their young as we do.
This author witnessed an event in 1977 when filming islanders catching sea turtles in a small boat.
They saw a dugong which was a very fancied meal. It was infact a female. Unbeknown to everyone, she was just floating around, close to her own family. As she was pulled into the small boat, her male and infant surfaced some 300 metres away and started a kind of howling sound. We motored away, leaving the male and infant behind. After we had travelled about a kilometre, everyone looked at the dugong. She appeared to be crying.
The boat turned, and we headed back to where her family has been. Sure enough the two of them were still there, hoping she would be returned. The islanders carefully put her back into the blue waters of the Timor sea and she swam like there was no tomorrow.
As we watched, she joined her family. But they didn’t disappear. Instead they watched as we left, probably hoping we would never return.
And the islanders didn’t. Those particular islanders all swore never to hunt dugong again.
They are a beautiful creature, almost human like, and Moreton Bay is there largest home.
The Redland Coast. “Naturally Wonderful”