~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ J. Michael Williamson Principal Investigator-WhaleNet <http://whale.wheelock.edu> Associate Professor-Science Wheelock College, 200 The Riverway, Boston, MA 02215 voice: 617.734.5200, ext. 256 fax: 617.734.8666, or 978.468.0073 "Mother, Mother Ocean, I have heard your call, Wanted to sail upon your waters, since I was three feet tall" Jimmy Buffett ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Mon, 20 Apr 98 13:33:00 GMT From: email@example.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Subject: Dugong numbers falling Dugong numbers falling Dugong numbers were estimated to have fallen from between 3,700-4,000 a decade ago to between 1,500-2,000 this year, dugong expert and research fellow at James Cook University in Townsville, Dr Tony Preen, said. Dr Preen was one of three dugong experts asked for advice by the Endangered Species subcommittee. "We may never have a definitive figure for the number of dugongs living south of Cooktown 10 years ago," he said. "But what is more alarming is the rapidity of the downward trend in the population number. "If this was a problem affecting kangaroos, they could breed and build up their numbers within a year or two. "But dugongs are slow-growing creatures and the attrition rate will take at least a decade to reverse."