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Sea Cows @ the Sydney Aquarium

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by Colleen Sedgwick (subscribe)
C Sedgwick
Published November 13th 2012
Sea Cows, Manatees, Dugongs? Whatever you like to call them, the last time I visited the Sydney Aquarium at Darling Harbour, they were well and truly on display.

For anyone who doesn't know what they are, they were what sailors originally thought were *mermaids* (yes, those 1/2 fish, 1/2 woman creatures you see in children's storybooks). Though how or why they ever were mistaken for beautiful women with fishtails, I will never know (though it could be true that these sailors may well have had their 'rum-goggles' on at the time). :)

However, the only things I saw in common with mermaids was the fact they had belly buttons, and tails looked like those of dolphins. They could have bosoms, but I never saw any.

These creatures were unusual in their appearance - it is hard to compare them with either cows or elephants (though I would most probably compare them with a walrus, perhaps, or a seal even), however their herbivores diet and 'grazing' habits would make them like cattle, I guess. But what stood out to me the most was the way they practically 'hoovered' the seaweed on the ground and the way their faces flattened out when they were doing so. It was so *cute* to watch.

Other attractions are the sharks and rays, as well as other marine species, and you can always pop in next door to see the Australian land animals as well (and you can get a discount if you go see both).

Anyway, if you are after more information, please check out the website.

Also, check out some of the pictures I have uploaded if you like this sort of thing. :)

A dugong from above water
Looks like a mermaid, doesn't it?

A dugong as seen from underwater
Don't you just love its face?
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