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2012-07-11 15:06:39

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new children's book is designed to get kids interested in saving dugongs from multiple threats, including coastal development, climate change and environmental pollution. Dr. Mariana Fuentes, a marine biologist, wrote a book intended to take readers into the secret world of "Dhyum," which is a real dugong living in the Torres Strait. In "Dhyum the Dugong", the author takes the reader on a journey through the dugong's life, from...

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2012-03-12 10:07:19

These days, only four species of Sirenian, more commonly known as the seacow, manatee or dugong exist in a given world region. Smithsonian scientists, however, have been studying fossil records of the ancient mammals and have discovered evidence that this hasn´t always been the case. According to these fossil records, which date back 50 million years ago, multiple species of seacow once existed together. The research also suggests the environment these seacows resided within, as well as...

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2010-11-11 06:35:00

There may be many similarities between the importance of large predators in marine and terrestrial environments, researchers concluded in a recent study, which examined the interactions between wolves and elk in the United States, as well as sharks and dugongs in Australia. In each case, the major predators help control the populations of their prey, scientists said. But through what's been called the "ecology of fear" they also affect the behavior of the prey, with ripple impacts on other...

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2010-10-08 18:00:00

The "turtle and dugong capital of the world", the northern Great Barrier Reef (GBR) and Torres Strait region, faces increased pressure under climate change from human actions such  as fishing, hunting, onshore development and pollution. "Depletion of turtle and dugong numbers increases their vulnerability to other threats and lowers their ability to cope with climate change," Dr Mariana Fuentes of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and James Cook University told the...

2008-09-25 21:00:21

By David Lukas By David Lukas Lonely Planet Yes it's true that Western Australia's Shark Bay has sharks, but don't let the name scare you away -- Shark Bay is one of the world's great natural wonders. In fact, this World Heritage site is one of only a couple of places in the world that meets every one of the program's criteria. Located 500 miles north of the capital city Perth, Shark Bay is a shallow, 8370-square-mile lagoon fabulously rich in marine resources, including the world's...


Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.