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Sea cows, buffaloes enliven folklore

07 November 2010

PANAJI: Endangered species of sea cows or dugongs (Dugong dugon) are seen only in a few places in Indian waters, but fishermen and coastal folk in Goa have spun interesting lore around porpoises and dolphins, mistaking them for dugongs.

Zoologically called Sirenoid, the playful ‘mermaids’ are on the verge of extinction as they are extensively slaughtered for their meat. Incidentally, Dugong meat is considered a delicacy and is believed to have curative properties.

……..Baban Ingole, National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) fisheries scientist says there is a lack of focused research about the status of endangered marine mammals.

“Scientific opinion is more credible and people can be made aware of exciting marine life through research findings,” he says.

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/Sea-cows-buffaloes-enliven-folklore/articleshow/6881493.cms#ixzz14ZSsl9D7

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Written by csirindia

November 7, 2010 at 10:50 am

Posted in NIO

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