Spotting Dugongs

Dugongs (also known as sea cows) inhabit warm tropical and subtropical coastal waters. But populations are declining worldwide due to hunting, drowning in fishing nets, pollution and loss of food resources, to the point of being considered vulnerable to extinction.

Dugongs can occasionally be seen around Lamen Bay and Lamen Island, as well as Malekula and the Maskelynes, and off Santo. Bondas, Lamen Bay’s resident dugong, has been going to sea for months at a time so sightings are unpredictable, but if he’s around you may find yourself snorkelling near him, watching his fat little snout swishing around on the ocean floor as he separates out his food.