I just came back from a trip to Japan where of course I sought out many animals which are not conventionally attractive. The most exciting was this dugong, one of only a few in captivity in the whole world. She lives at the aquarium in Toba, about three hours from Tokyo, and her name is Serena. (You know, I am sure, that the family that includes the dugong and manatee is Sirenians, named after the mythical Sirens, based on the fact that sailors allegedly thought that dugongs were mermaids.)
It was particulary exciting because when my friend told a staff member that I had come all the way from America to see the dugong, she took me into the exhibit and let me touch it.
(Unfortunately, those pictures are on my friend's camera and I don't have them yet, so you'll just have to believe me for now.)
So, enjoy this video of a feasting dugong, and there will be some more animal news from my trip this week on my other blog.
-Wombat (No Relation)
Sep 18, 2012
Posted by wombat at Tuesday, September 18, 2012