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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  • 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 ...

  • Students To Help Protect Sea Cows

    Students To Help Protect Sea Cows

    Dugongs , also known as "sea cows" once grazed in the thousands on the seabed off the Philippines.

    Presently, only a few can be seen and they can only survive in specially designated areas, where they are guaranteed food and protection from external threats.

    In order to raise awareness on the conservation and protection of Dugong (Dugong dugon), an awareness campaign was conducted at Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College (NIPSC) Concepcion Campus, Concepcion Iloilo, recently.

    This is the first awareness campaign to protect and conserve the species of Dugong in the region. The said ...

  • Marine Wildlife Watch Of The Philippines Formally Joins The DENR As Conservation Partner

    Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines becomes the latest conservation partner of DENR in the protection of Philippine endangered marine life. Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines or MWWP is a non-profit, non-stock organization that aims to foster a better appreciation of the marine environment, its ecological processes and how it affects us all through information dissemination, education, campaigns, training, research, and other related activities. The organization focuses on long-lived marine animals such as dolphins, whales, dugong, sharks, rays and marine turtles: iconic species of ...