Summary: Advocates in Brisbane are proposing the elusive dugong, also known as a sea cow, as the potential mascot for the 2032 Olympic Games. These marine mammals, found in Moreton Bay, are often difficult to spot. The aim is to raise the profile of the dugong internationally and highlight the importance of preserving healthy waterways. Further details on how the community can participate in selecting the mascot will be announced in due course.
As preparations for the 2032 Olympic Games in Brisbane are underway, local community groups have suggested the dugong as a fitting mascot for the event. These sea cows, known for their elusive nature, inhabit the waters of Moreton Bay and feast on seagrass. Dragon Boat Pumicestone president Michelle Hanton expressed her support for the dugong, stating that it would be a unique choice that would garner attention. Darren Jew from the Bribie Island Environmental Protection Association also backed the idea, emphasizing the significance of having the dugong, one of the few remaining inshore populations, represent the city. Sightings of dugongs are considered rare and exciting, according to Sherry Bruce, a member of the Bribie Island Environmental Protection Association. The aim of promoting the dugong as the mascot is to increase its international recognition and raise awareness about the importance of maintaining healthy waterways. Further information about how the community can participate in the mascot selection process will be shared in the future, as indicated by a spokesperson from the Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympics and Paralympics Sports and Engagement.
Tags: Brisbane, dugong, mascot, 2032 Olympic Games, Moreton Bay, marine mammals, waterways, community participation