Dugong – Peaceful Mermaid

illustration of a dugong by Ravenari


Peaceful Mermaid. Mermaid Energy. Pacifism. Vegetarianism. Shallow Waters. Clear Vision. Clarity. Tides and Healing. Siren Energy. Being Picky and Choosy. Quality over Quantity. Gentleness.

General Description:

The dugong is one of a few different large, vegetarian, aquatic, mammals that graze on sea grass in sea-meadows worldwide. They live in shallow waters, which also happen to be where trawlers do most of their fishing. Dugongs are at threat from habitat destruction, and direct damage done by boats and fishing related implements. The dugong grows to about 3 metres in length. They have a long life-span, and produce offspring rarely, so they are at increased threat of becoming extinct. They have a large, bulky, streamlined body with no hind-fins (they have a powerful tail-fluke instead), and powerful foreflippers. Males will have protruding tusk-like incisors. They have good vision and hearing, live for around 70 years and communicate by whistling and chirping.


Please remember that if this animal is contacting you, it will often be the best resource for teaching you what its lessons are. What I write is only intended to be a guide, it is not absolute, nor is it infallible.

– Dugong comes into our lives to teach us the value of clear vision, and to bring us clarity to our lives. Dugong prefers to live in clear, shallow waters, with a direct view to the sky, a direct view to its friends and foes, and a direct view to its food and nourishment. Dugong encourages us to do the same, and gives us energy to do so. Dugong also suggests we may be coming into a time in our lives where clarity will be forthcoming.

– Dugong teaches us the value of vegetarianism, even for those of us who love a good steak! There is much nutritional value to vegetables and grasses and we shouldn’t take them out of our diet.

– The tides are the main force which encourage the dugong to change its habits and migrate into warmer waters. Likewise, we are encouraged to look at where the tides are pulling us. It is up to us to move forward with this pull, and not against it.

– The dugong brings a need in our personal life, or in our society or culture, for pacifism and gentleness. The time for war is over. Dugong reminds us that very little is accomplished through war, and that it is more than possible to lead fulfilling, enriched, lives that are peaceful and gentle.

– Dugong comes into your life and tends to bring mermaid and siren energy with it. Sirens are often considered dangerous, as are mermaids, there is a seductive and Are you being lured into something that sounds better than it actually is? Are you finding yourself helpless against the manipulations of others, or even yourself?

– Dugong is a methodical eater, it only eats the grasses which give it the most nutriment, and is very fussy over what sea grass it eats – not all sea-meadows cut it! Dugong teaches us that life is about quality over quantity, in the food we eat, in the way we enjoy our lives, in the amount of fun we try to have. Dugong also teaches us that there is nothing wrong with being picky and choosy, or being fussy. It’s your life, you have the right to demand the best for your body, mind and soul.

The presence of dugong in your life encourages you to stand you for yourself, and to do so with a gentle firmness. You instinctively know what is best for you at this time.

If you have Dugong as your guide:

People with this animal as a guide will often manifest traits similar to the animal itself. I work on the philosophy that we only have one guide, and it teaches us lessons as well as representing the core aspects of our personality. Therefore –

– Dugong people are innate pacifists, and are very gentle at heart. They are easily damaged, and some might think of them as ‘fragile’, especially as children and teenagers. They are prone to verbal and physical attacks from others. However, despite this, the pacifistic nature of the dugong person tends to be enduring, and they teach a very gentle medicine of learning how to go about your life quietly, calmly, with determination and understanding. If you stay around dugong people long enough, they will share with you a clear view to the skies, and a clear view to what will nourish your soul, but you have to listen carefully, their wisdom is easy to miss!

There will be other ways your guide manifests, and you will recognise them with awareness and communion.

As shadow guide/guide:

The shadow guide is the animal we often fear irrationally, that teaches us things about ourselves that are profound and difficult to confront. Often the traits we fear most within the shadow guide, are the traits that we dislike in ourselves. We must scrutinise why this is, and learn how to work with them.

– Those who fear or dislike dugong tend to be threatened by the idea of pacifism and gentleness as a valid way of solving disputes. They might feel that being peaceful is simply a way of ‘giving in’, or they might feel defensive when confronted with the idea of compromise or kindness.

– Those who fear or dislike dugong may also have intensive body image problems. The dugong is a creature that has been characterised by some as being ‘fat’ and awkward, yet by others it is considered streamlined and beautiful. Those who have dugong as a shadow guide will not see the innate beauty of dugong, because they cannot see the innate beauty within themselves.

Contacting Dugong:

Like all animal helpers, this animal will only appear when right and appropriate, and cannot be forced to visit you, commune with you, or share messages with you. Dugong is a very gentle, and sometimes cryptic and complex messenger, who tends to linger in visions without being overt or ‘talkative’ like some other animals. They respond well to water-associated forms of meditation and visualisation (bath, shower, ocean bathing, swimming in rivers etc.), and tend to be more drawn to naturally gentle people. It is easy to miss the message of dugong, because other animal spirits are generally ‘louder’ in the type of energy they transmit, but the lessons of dugong are worth waiting for.