Dugongs re-inhabit the Great Barrier Reef region

07.06.2017

Experts at James cook University (Australia) have noted that dugongs, representatives of rare species of marine mammals, re-inhabit the Great Barrier Reef region. With the help of aerial photography it was possible to determine the population: 5 500 individuals, 10% of them being newborns. This is great news, because for the last hundred years the world has become 20% dugongs less.

Scientists: the Population of Dugongs in the Great Barrier Reef is being Restored

These large animals, up to 3 meters long, often became prey to hunters and become entangled in fishing nets. Dugongs of the Great Barrier Reef have suffered from the cyclone of 2011, which had destroyed the algae that formed the basis of their diet.

Now the population is recovering, but dugongs still belong to vulnerable species. To protect them, first of all, it is necessary to reduce the number of fishing nets located in the ocean.