In the Palk Bay Dugong, the Tamil Nadu government will establish India’s first dugong conservation reserve. The Conservation Reserve will span 500 kilometres. The planned protected area contains the country’s greatest population of dugongs. The reserve would stretch from Adirampattinam to Amapattinam in the Palk Bay’s northern reaches. From November 2016 to March 2019, different surveys were undertaken in the Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar as part of the CAMPA-Dugong Recovery Project.
The sea cow, commonly known as the dugong, is a herbivorous mammal. It is the only remaining member of the once-diverse Dugongidae family. The dugong is a sea animal only. They feed on seagrass and breathe at the surface. They may be found in over 30 nations, with the Gulf of Mannar, Gulf of Kutch, Palk Bay, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands being among them. Only 200-250 Dugongs remain in the wild, according to the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), with 150 being discovered in Tamil Nadu’s Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar.
Source: The Indian Express