1. News: India’s first Dugong conservation reserve
Source: The Hindu
India’s first Dugong conservation reserve will be built in Tamil Nadu.
- The reserve will spread over an area of 500 km in Palk Bay on the southeast coast of Tamil Nadu.
- Dugong is a marine animal that has been enlisted vulnerable to extinction on a global scale by the World Conservation Union (IUCN).
- Dugong or sea cow can see in Gulf of mannar.
- It is the State animal of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. This endangered marine species survive on seagrass and other aquatic vegetation found in the area.
- It is the only herbivorous mammal that is strictly marine and is the only extant species in the family Dugongidae.
2. News: Qeqertaq Avannarleq
Source: Indian Express
It is a tiny, uninhabited and previously unknown island discovered recently off the coast of Greenland.
- Measuring 60×30 metres and with a peak of three metres above sea level, it has now become the new northernmost piece of land on Earth.
- The new island is made up of seabed mud and moraine, i.e. soil, rock and other material left behind by moving glaciers, and has no vegetation.
- Before this, Oodaaq was marked as the Earth’s northernmost terrain.