|The status of the dugong (Dugong dugon, Müller): Kenya, 1961|
Jarman, P.J. (1966). The status of the dugong (Dugong dugon, Müller): Kenya, 1961. E. Afr. Wildl. J. 4(1): 82-88
In: East African Wildlife Journal. East African Wild Life Society: Nairobi. ISSN 0070-8038, more
Dugong dugon; Kenya, Kiunga Marine National Reserve; Marine
The scarcity of dugong (Dugong dugon Müller) throughout their former range and lack of knowledge of the species' ecology justifies this record of the opinions of the fishermen in the Lamu district of Kenya, where the species is still plentiful. The area and the program of questioning are described. The social life, reproduction, movements and predators of the dugong are recorded as reported by the fishermen. The present distribution is contrasted with the past. My observations on the food plants and their distribution are given, as well as the fishermen's estimation of the part each plays in the dugong's diet. The need for calm water over feeding grounds, afforded by depth of water or shelter from winds, seems to be a controlling factor in the distribution of dugong. Man appears to be the main predator.