15 strange animals of the Red Sea

These marine creatures stand out for their odd appearances.

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Dugong Dugong (Photo: Andrea Izzotti / Shutterstock)

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Dugong

A relative of the manatee, the dugong is a marine mammal that grazes along the sandy sea floor with a wide, vacuum-like mouth. Unlike its freshwater cousins, the dugong ventures only within seawater.

Known as a sea cow, dugongs graze sea grass in shallow coastal waters, using their oddly-shaped muzzle to dig out vegetation from the sand. These incredible mammals can live more than 70 years, perhaps due to its nutrient-rich herbivorous diet.

Hundreds of dugongs can be spotted throughout the Red Sea, and the largest population can be found in Australia.

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