This post is part of a Dodo series focused on endangered species. Go to racingextinction.com to learn about an upcoming film on threatened animals and an event the evening of September 20 in part sponsored by The Dodo.
Dugongs are very special creatures of the sea, and are often affectionately referred to as "sea cows." Not only are they an unusual species, they are ridiculously cute. Here are a few facts on these nifty creatures:
1. Their mustaches are for function, not style.
The sensitive bristles on the dugong's upper lip help the creature to root for underwater vegetation. This act of rooting kind of makes the dugong look like an adorable vacuum-cleaner: