Sunday, December 7, 2008

Dugong: Architects Behind Vios?

First thing first my apologies to everyone because I haven't been updating regularly. And I'm sorry that I haven't been visiting your blogs for awhile. You see I'm currently "back in school". Yeah! I took up a course to make me more "professional". So I have been studying like mad these few days. I have just woke up because I haven't have any sleep for the past 36 hours or so...Worse still everything has to be studied in my "favourite" Chinese language. OMG! I am supposed to be preparing for my exam tomorrow...never mind...I'll try to make this as fast as possible!

Weezer's comment! Creative huh!

So WHO is Dugong? Any idea? Actually I was prompted to write about this after I received a comment about how similar both Toyota Vios and Dugong look alike. I was baffled when I 1st read the comment written by Weezer! but after taking a 2nd and 3rd serious look at the "sleekly" Vios...heck! What he said did made sense. Now, I really have to believe that Dugong is the architect in Toyota who inspired the Vios! So who on earth is this Dugong? Where is he from? A Japanese? Or African?


Ok, enough nonsense from me huh! I'm trying really hard to be funny...must be the exam fever tomorrow. Actually dugong is...

Dugong-our living fossil?

Yeah! That is dugong and I'm sure that lots of Malaysians know about this elusive yet rare mammal! I even studied about it back in University. Well, according to Mr. Wiki-The dugong is a large marine mammal which, together with the manatees, is one of four living species of the order Sirenia. It is the only living representative of the once-diverse family Dugongidae; its closest modern relative, Steller's Sea Cow (Hydrodamalis gigas), was hunted to extinction in the 18th century. In addition, the dugong is the only strictly-marine herbivorous mammal, as all species of manatee utilize fresh water to some degree. Yes, dugong and manatee are 2 different mammals. So don't be confused... =)

The difference between dugong and manatee!

These poor dugongs have been hunted for more than a few thousands of years mainly for its meat and oil. Although trade and hunting on dugong has been banned, their numbers continue to decline. The main causes of population plunge are hunting, habitat degradation, and fishing-related fatalities. Did you guys know that dugong have a lifespan of 70 years. And that converts to slow rate of reproduction making it especially vulnerable to extintion! Besides we-human, the dugongs also have to face the wrath of storms, parasites, and their natural predators, sharks, killer whales, and crocodiles! So can our children still live to see these "living mermaid"?

Dugong Vs Vios-They look the same?

If we don't do something to help them...they are as good as gone...

Poor little dugong... :(

P.S.: Seriously, I wonder if the team from Toyota really draw their inspiration from dugong. Hmm...

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