The dugong is a sacred animal on Okinawa, associated with the ancient origins of the Okinawan people and with their continuing welfare. As a result, the dugong is officially listed as a "Natural Monument" under Japan's "Law for the Protection of Cultural Properties" (LPCP). What will become of the dugongs' case in Okinawa?
I started to think about my future grandchildren and their children and whether they would ever be curious enough to want to know about their grandmother who left Africa in 2001 to settle in New Zealand. What would our family tree look like in 100 years' time, and would my dependents get access to the photographs and books that tell my story?