Dugongs and Manatees, also known as 'sea cows' are seal-like herbivorous aquatic mammals and are probably the most gentle and harmless animals. Sadly, dugongs are hunted for their meat, and are now on the brink of extinction, with only a few hundred remaining in the wild. The fact that they are extremely slow breeders makes the problem even worse. Another recent conservation threat that has surfaced is injuries resulting from collisions with boats. This is particularly significant in case of the Manatees of the West.
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