Dead dugong shocks men

Maleli Veidreyaki standing next to the 2 meter sea cow (manatee) which was found dead along the Naselai beach in Tailevu on Sunday. Picture: SUPPLIED/VILIKESA KARALO

TWO men were in for the shock of their lives upon finding a sea mammal foreign to Fiji waters.The mammal, which washed up at the Naselai Beach in Tailevu, was confirmed to be a dugong by University of the South Pacifi c’s Marine Studies lecturer Dr Susanna Piovano.

Both men, Maleli Veidreyaki and Vilikesa Karalo, were walking along the beach early Sunday morning when they stumbled across the dead dugong.

“We decided to take a morning walk along the beach at 9am and from a distance, I saw this creature offshore.”

Vilikesa Karalo (left), Maleli Veidreyaki and Paula Tukai standing next to the burnt 2 meter sea cow (manatee) which was found dead along the Naselai beach in Tailevu on Sunday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA