SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is home to two amazing dugongs - Pig and Wuru. Both of our dugongs were orphaned in the wild and could not be re-released following their rescue.
Video: Wuru swimming around in her oceanarium.
Come & play in Dugong Island
Visitors can use their senses to explore the mysterious underwater world of dugongs in the new Dugong Island at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. The experience allows guests to walk amongst an underwater shipwreck while admiring the only pair of dugongs on display in the world!
Do like a Dugong
Through new interactive games in Dugong Island, kids and parents alike can "Do like a Dugong" and experience what it's like to see, hear, smell and speak like Pig and Wuru!
Did you know...
Dugongs are closely related to elephants? Or that they can live to over 75 years old? And that long ago sailors once thought they were mermaids? These are just some of the fun facts visitors will learn in the new interactive Dugong Island experience. What's more, kids and adults alike will meet Pig and Wuru, the aquarium's two rescued dugongs, and get to know the not-so-little orphans' unique personalities and amazing life story.
The only dugongs on display in Australia!
Our resident dugongs Pig and Wuru are the only dugongs on display in Australia and two of only five on display anywhere in the world. Both dugongs were rescued after being orphaned separately in the wild, both at just a few days old.
Affectionately named after his eating habits, Pig was rescued from Forrest Beach in North Queensland when he became separated from his mother at a very early age.
After a period of rehabilitation, Pig was released into the wild. However when he was found washed up again a decision was made not to release him again for fears he wouldn't survive.
Wuru was also orphaned early and although she's much younger than Pig, at over 400kg she's actually heavier than Pig! It is the norm for female dugongs to be larger than their male counterparts and they can weigh up to 600kg!
Dugongs are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Each year the SEA LIFE Trust contributes funding to assess the health of wild dugongs. This species is in decline in the wild and scientists are attempting to find out how the current populations will fare into the future.