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Fact of the Day: Dugong

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Dugong (credit: Julien Willem)

Today’s FOTD is about the strangely adorable dugong, which is closely related to both the manatee and the elephant. 

Dugongs, often called sea cows, use their split tail and paddle-like front flippers to slowly maneuver while grazing on sea grasses in shallow waters. They uproot the grasses with their fleshy lips and gently shake their food to avoid ingesting large amounts of sediment. 


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A Chance for Bluefin

Things could be looking up for the tigers of the sea.

Next month, 175 nations will meet in Doha, Qatar to discuss whether bluefin tuna will join the likes of pandas and elephants as endangered species under Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

While France has joined Monaco in declaring its support for the ban, Spain’s position remains in doubt.

Spain currently holds the EU presidency and the dubious honor of catching much of the Mediterranean's bluefin tuna. Yesterday, Oceana held an event along with Greenpeace, MarViva, Pew, WWF and Ecologistas en Acción urging Spain to support the ban.

Kofi Annan, Michael Douglas and Colin Firth, among many other public personalities, have signed on in support of the listing.

Oceana will be in Doha in March voicing our support for bluefin. Here’s hoping -- and stay tuned.


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