Several shocking photos of an injured dugong or sea cow have made its rounds on the internet recently. Reports say that the said animal was captured and kept as a tourist attraction by some local fishermen in Indonesia.
The dugong, which was presumed to be an adult female, had a rope tied to its tail while its calf was reportedly held in a separate enclosure. The group of divers who found them in such a pitiful condition near the remote island of Kokoya, off North Maluku, shared the photos and video online as part of a campaign to help free the mammals.
Ryandito Mahendradani, one of the divers who shared the pictures on his Instagram account, said the adult dugong sustained severe injuries on its tail due to the rope.
“The ropes are worn and torn. The scars and the wound on her tail are so deep. It was very heartbreaking.” Delon Lim, one of the divers, told The Dodo.
According to the National Geographic, female sea cows bear one calf after a yearlong pregnancy. They help their young in taking its first breath by guiding them towards the surface. Dugongs can remain submerged for six minutes before going back up again. Sometimes, they “stand” on their tails—head above water—just to breathe.
A calf usually remains close to its mom for at least a year and six months. From time to time, it catches a ride on its mother’s broad back.
But the calf, which the divers saw and presumably thought was the adult’s offspring, was kept away from its mother. Although it was unrestrained, it was in a separate enclosure nearby.
They also assumed that the poor creatures had been trapped in their small cages for weeks already. According to the divers, the local fishermen who captured the gentle mammals wanted to keep them as a tourist attraction.
“He asked for some money if we want to see the dugong or take a picture,” Lim said.
In the short footage below, you’ll see the bound, frazzled-looking, adult, female sea cow floating inside her narrow cage.
Lim and his fellow divers were appalled by what they saw. They asked the fishermen to release the languid animals. Surprisingly, the captors agreed.
“When we left the island, the fisherman agreed to release them,” Lim said. “But since we were not so convinced he would, I posted the video to social media.”
The group started their social media campaign. They even tweeted Indonesia’s Minister for Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Susi Pudjiasti, to alert the authorites about the animals’ alarming condition.
Because of this, the authorities released the Dugongs the very next day, March 14th.
Dugongs are vegetarians. These enormous creatures graze on sea grass. According to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), they are usually found in the warm coastal waters of the Indian and Western Pacific Oceans. Sadly, they are an endangered species; they are hunted for their meat, oil, skin, bones, and teeth.
According to the National Geographic, all kinds of dugongs are now legally protected, but their populations remain insubstantial.
Newly-Discovered Specie of Spider Eats Fishes and Frogs
Perhaps much scarier, it’s about the same size as your palm!
Whether you are arachnophobic or not, you definitely wouldn’t want to cross paths with this scary-looking spider from Australia.
Recently discovered in Brisbane, this arachnid is often found in the freshwater streams of Queensland. What makes this new specie of spider unique compared with others is that it is huge in size and it can even swim.
In an interview with Mashable Australia, Robert Raven of the Queensland Museum said that “these spiders sit there on the water and then all of a sudden an insect will hit the water and the spider races out to get it, grabs it, dives under the water and then swims back to the shore and starts eating it.”
Only Highly Intelligent People Can Pass This Quiz. Are You One Of Them?
Are you a highly-intelligent person? Take this patterns quiz and see for yourself!
Not all people are able to actually decipher things in an intelligent way. The mind is a jungle of different thoughts and while we learn many concepts in school, our brains can only take too much.
Some people are blessed with amazing critical-thinking skills, which are not really taught in school. Sometimes, high intelligence is naturally etched in the brain and for those who do have it, we are sure they can answer mind-boggling quizzes and trivia without much sweat.
Are you one of them? If you think you are pretty good in answering pattern quizzes, then we challenge you to take this test and let us know your results.
Hilarious and Adorable Things Dogs Do That Only Owners Will Understand
Dog owners can definitely relate to this.
Dogs are amazing creatures; they’re loyal, intelligent, adorable, and they can lift anyone’s spirits with the crazy things they do. If you ever have the blues, try spending a few minutes with your dogs and pet them. That pure, simple joy they get from the attention you give them can sometimes help brighten up your mood. Yes, their happiness can be quite contagious.
However, you do know that dogs can be mischievous at times. When they're unusually quiet and they start looking at you with their seemingly innocent eyes, you can't help but wonder, "What have they done now?"
Well, if you’re a dog person, you’d understand that no matter how ludicrous they’ve acted or how badly they behaved, you'll still love them anyway.
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