Uchinanchu (Indigenous Okinawans) recently held a ceremony remembering the third anniversary of the loss of an Okinawa dugong that was found washed ashore. The dugong was one of a family of three remaining dugong native to the waters of Oura Bay at Henoko, Okinawa. The U.S. and Japan are building another illegal military base against the will of Uchinanchu. The coral reef at Oura Bay is considered the second most biodiverse reef in the world, and is being decimated by the construction of the military base.
The Okinawa dugong is recognized as an endangered species due to the loss of its habitat caused by the U.S. and Japanese military occupation of Okinawa.