What These Divers Found Stuck In Underwater Cages Shook Them To The Core…

While exploring near the remote island of Kokoya, Indonesia last week, a group of divers made an extremely troubling discovery!


There on the shallow ocean floor, trapped in cages, were two dugongs.  Dugongs are rare marine mammals which are closely related to manatees.


Delon Lim, one of the divers, said that the unfortunate animals are also called “sea cows,” and it looked like a mother and her calf. They were being held in separate cages and the baby dugong was being held in the cage without being restrained.  The adult dugong was secured with a rope that was wrapped around her tail.

A local fisherman was using the two dugongs to profit from tourists.

“He asked for some money if we want to see the dugong or take a picture,” said Lim.


It wasn’t entirely clear how long the two dugongs had been held captive, but Lim guesses that they had been confined there for more than a few weeks.

“It seems so,” Lim said. “The ropes are worn and torn. The scars and the wound on her tail are so deep. It was very heartbreaking.”


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