The first marine mammal to be protected in the Philippines was the dugong, although monitoring this is difficult. Palau has legislated to protect dugongs, although this is not well enforced and poaching persists.

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  • Dugong Released Back To Sea In Brookes Point

    Dugong Released Back To Sea In Brookes Point

    Fishermen in Brooke's Point town released back into the waters of a marine protected area (MPA) in Barangay Maasin a live female "dugong" (sea cow) which got accidentally caught in their fishing net on November 5.

    Richen Mission Bajar, administrative aide of the Office of Municipal Agriculturist of Brooke's Point, said Wednesday on her social media account post that the mammal which weighed around 200 kilos was also released on the same day it was accidentally caught.

    She said it was caught by chance by the fishermen using a beach seine (sinoro) gear.

    "The lucky female sea cow was sec ...

  • Students Vow To Protect Sea Cows

    Students Vow To Protect Sea Cows

    The Philippines have thousands of species that are undeniably incredible, including the largest and only sea-living mammal which grazes on seagrass, the Dugong (Dugong dugon).

    Presently, we have seen the number of dugong in the country slowly diminishing due to man-made and natural threats such as loss or degradation of sea grass habitatdue toactivities that cause water pollution, incidental capture in fishing gears, hunting, chemical pollution, climate change and more.

    Thus, in order to spread the importance of conserving and protecting such important mammal, an Information Education an ...

  • Swimming With The Mermaids In Northern Palawan

    Swimming With The Mermaids In Northern Palawan

    'This gentle marine mammal living the simplest of lives is one of the best caretakers of our seagrass habitats and the animals that live in them,' says dugong conversationist Dr Teri Aquino.

    With underwater photographer Danny Ocampo and expert guides from the Tagbanua tribe, we're finally hoping for some downtime with a dugong.

    Dugongs are legendary sea creatures, having inspired lonely seamen's "sightings" of mermaids (being out at sea for months or years, who can blame them). Their last relatives were Stellar's sea cows (Hydrodamalis gigas), which were wiped out by hunters just 36 year ...

  • Dugong Mistaken For Mermaid

    Dugong Mistaken For Mermaid

    The Dugong (Sea Cow) is often mistaken by people as a mermaid, especially when viewed from afar. It is possible that some tales of mermaid sighting in Palawan and other islands have been caused by dugong.

    The Dugong looks like a half-horse because of its snout, half-mermaid because of its tail.

    The locals in Busuanga, Palawan swear by the uncanny appearance of sea cows.

    In the past, sailors thought they have been seeing mermaids when they would spot dugongs from above their ship. Some dugongs look like a fat lady.

    Dugong is a Malay word meaning "Lady of the Sea." Dugongs can also b ...

  • Dugong In Coron Palawan

    Coron is the third-largest island in the Calamian Islands in northern Palawan in the Philippines. The island is part of the larger municipality of the same name. Wikipedia

  • Playing With Dugong Aban In Calauit

    Playing With Dugong Aban In Calauit

    A few weekends back, this reporter finally met the elusive but beautiful dugong, or sea cow, a vulnerable species thats almost endangered in Calauit, Busuanga, Palawan.

    Overwhelmed by its size compared to mine, while this reporter was trying to freedive at the back of the dugong, Aban, as what the tribes call this sea cow, was very playful and has been acquainted with the presence of humans.

    Going to Calauit Island was very challenging. We immersed ourselves among the Tagbanua tribesmen for four days and three nights. We thanked them for accommodating us and for taking care of this wonde ...