Some people mistakenly think dugongs and manatees are the exact same animal with different names. Though manatees and dugongs have a lot in common, they are different animals with distinct characteristics. Both dugongs and manatees are part of the same taxonomic order, Sirena. The word “siren” means mermaid in many languages, a nod to the...
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You’ve heard legends of enchanting mermaids who lure sailors to veer off course. These stories came from Greek mythology and were told in Christopher Columbus's time, landing in what is now the Dominican Republic. What could have possibly conjured up stories of a creature that was half fish, half woman? Historians now believe that the legends came from lonely, scurvy-ravaged seamen seeing a manatee for...