Report on a stranded sea cow, Dugong dugon in the Gulf of Mannar coast

Sakthivel, M and Devaki, A and Tamilmani, G and Ramesh Kumar, P and Anikuttan, K K and Sankar, M and Jayakumar, R (2019) Report on a stranded sea cow, Dugong dugon in the Gulf of Mannar coast. Marine Fisheries Information Service; Technical and Extension Series (239). pp. 21-22. ISSN 0254-380 X


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On 31 March 2019, an adult dead female sea cow (Dugong dugon) measuring more than three meters of total length got stranded along the Gulf of Mannar coast at Gandhi Nagar, Mandapam, Ramanathapuram district, Tamil Nadu (09º 27' 6658'' N; 79º 15' 0459'' E). The morphometric details of the female whale that was weighing approximately 350 kg is given in Table 1. The specimen had relatively robust body with loss of almost one third of the ventral skin along with blubber from the thoracic and abdominal region of the body. There were significant cut wounds present on the dorsal as well as lateral sides of the body. The internal organs did not reveal any significant abnormalities for the cause of death. Based on the body condition and external injuries it can be concluded that the cause of death might be due to attempted hunting. Dugongs fall in schedule 1 of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act whose hunting is banned and poachers are liable for punishment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: stranded sea cow; Dugong dugon; Gulf of Mannar coast
Subjects: Marine Mammals > Sea cow
Marine Ecosystems > Coral Reefs > Conservation
Marine Mammals
Divisions: CMFRI-Mandapam
Depositing User: Arun Surendran
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2020 09:47
Last Modified: 18 May 2022 05:06

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