Dugong is a marine mammal inhabiting the warm coastal waters, with large numbers concentrated in wide and shallow protected bays, from East Africa to Australia, including the Red Sea, Indian Ocean, and Pacific. The places in the red sea to find some, are Quseir and Marsa Alam.
A Dugong is not a manatee. It is similar to the Manatee, the main difference being that the latter can also be found in the estuaries of fresh water rivers. Manatees and dugongs are the only two living mammal species that belong to the Sirenian animal order. Both manatees and dugongs can only hold their breath for two to four minutes while diving and thus rarely dive deeper than 10 feet. Dugongs live around 50 years as an average and oldest know Dugong lived 73 years.
Dugongs graze on sea grasses and aquatic plants that grow in abundance in the tropical shallows. Dugongs eat large amounts of sea plants and often leave feeding trails behind of bare sand and uprooted sea grass that’s why they are called (Sea Cows). They usually spend much of their time alone or in pairs, though they are sometimes seen gathered in large herds of a hundred animals. When in the group, dugongs use various sounds to communicate.
The Abu Dabbab Bay, U-shaped bay, located around 30 km North of Marsa Alam , is a special snorkelling point in the deep south that is famous about the unique marine life where you can snorkel with dugongs. The Marsa Mubarak is a bay located 7 Kms far from the Marsa Alam International Airport, also called as Turtle Bay. Some guides and guests points to frequent dugong sightings and interactions in Marsa Mubarak.
If you want to take this opportunity to meet a dugong .. come and visit Marsa Alam .