Scientists create new way to find endangered dugongs

Researchers have developed a new way to locate habitats of the elusive dugong, an endangered type of sea cow, by analyzing DNA left behind in the water from its skin and saliva.

If it proves effective, it could lead to better preservation of a species nearing extinction.

The new technique, created by scientists from the Ryukoku University’s Graduate School of Science and Technology in Otsu and the Toba Aquarium in Toba, Mie Prefecture, is expected to lead to a better understanding of the marine mammal’s ecology and distribution.