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Benguerra Island, Mozambique
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Benguerra Island

 

Photo by Alfredo De Simone

Benguerra Island or Ilha de Benguerra was once a Portuguese penal colony and at roughly 11 km (7 miles) long by 5.5 km (3.5 miles) wide it is hard to imagine the archipelago's second largest island as anything but paradise for the castaway. Extensive white sand beaches and towering sand dunes provide a perfect backdrop to the Bazaruto Archipelago's major attraction, the sea. Snorkel and scuba dive. Kayak and sail. Head to the open waters and fish for marlin, kingfish and mackerel or partake in a whale watching tour. And should the kids require a break from deep-sea adventure, take a jeep tour of the interior and in addition to marveling at the forests and lakes spy on 164 species of birds. Or slow down the pace with a hunt for shells. And, at low tide, turn your stroll into a shallow water safari. Spot starfish, cowfish, seahorses and crabs and observe the local women as they fish for oysters while balancing their catch on the top of their head.
Dugong Facts
Dugong & divers

Dugong & divers

Earthrace Conservation

 

There are lots of fun facts about the dugong. Did you know that:

  • The dugong, Dugong dugon, is the only extant member of the Dugongidae family and is one of four species of Sirenia. Its closest living relatives are the manatees. It shares a common ancestor with the elephant.
  • Dugongs inhabit the sheltered, shallow waters of the Red Sea and Indo-Pacific. They are found in coastal waters, such as bays, gulfs, lagoons, and mangrove channels, and offshore along the continental shelf.
  • The dugong has a blimp-shaped body and thick, tough, grayish brown skin. It has two paddle-like flippers and a flat, fluked tail. It has a broad head and downturned snout. It has a big mouth and flattened teeth. Its upper lip is covered with bristle-like hairs.
  • Dugongs are extremely large animals. They measure 2.4-3 meters (8-10 feet) in length and weigh 230-500 kilograms (510-1,100 lbs).
  • The dugong breaths air through two nostrils near the top of its snout. It can hold its breath for about 10 minutes. It must surface to breathe.
  • Dugongs are slow swimmers. They swims at a speed of just 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) per hour. They uses their tail to swim and flippers to steer.
  • The dugong feeds on seagrasses that grow on the ocean’s floor. It eats roughly 50 kilograms (110 lbs) of seagrass each day, hence the nickname sea cow.
  • Dugongs are an endangered species. They are threatened by human activity including hunting and habitat loss.
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