The dugong shares many characteristics with its closest relative the manatee. Both manatee and
dugong are known as sea cows. A separation in the paddle-like anal fin of the dugong is the most
noticeable difference between the two families. The dugong reaches approximately 9 feet in
length, has a large, rounded body and a blunt muzzle. Stiff bristles surround the muzzle and the
eyes are very small. MORE!
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