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Posted On: 9 October 2014 08:19 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:14 pm

Qatar home to second largest gathering of dugongs in the world

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Qatar’s coast has the second largest gathering of dugongs in the world, according to a new study by Texas University, Qatar University and Axon Mobil Research.

The research, conducted to highlight the behaviours of the dugongs, found that Qatar was second to Australia in having many dugongs along its coast in the world, Al Sharq reports.

The research also aims at bridging the gap of information on the dugongs due to inadequate research on the species.

There is a new agreement between these research institutes to enhance the understanding of the dugongs, especially when taking major environmental decisions on the coasts like that of Qatar where they are in large numbers.

Results of the study will be revealed at Qatar Foundation’s Annual Research Forum.

The dugong is the largest sea mammal that stays in coastal sea waters. It weighs about 400kg and can be found in 37 countries.

Photo: animals.nationalgeographic.com