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The Dugong, a massive sea mammal often mistaken by sailors as the mythical mermaid, has most of its last viable population in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The population here too, of these slow breeding, 13 feet long animals, is only 25-30. Now, there’s one less. The long arm of poaching has not spared the pristine Andaman and Nicobar Islands. A breeding female Dugong, protected under Schedule One of the Wildlife Protection Act, was hacked to death by poachers around Christmas on Neil Island. The meat of the Dugong may have been used as fish bait and was chanced upon by scuba-divers in the area. Read more at http://www.indianexpress.com/news/endangered-sea-mammal-slaughtered-in-an…/405612/

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