Steller's sea cow Steller's sea cow The Steller's sea cow is related to the manatee and dugong, the two remaining species of sea cow. Growing up to at least 26-30 feet, Steller’s sea cows were once abundant in the in the Bering Sea between Alaska and Russia. The species if named after German explorer Georg Wilhelm Steller, who discovered the sea cow along with the Commander Islands in 1741 when he and his crew were shipwrecked. Much of what is known about the sea cow in life comes from…

The Steller's sea cow is gone. This mega-manatee swam the North Pacific for millions of years, and then in the 1700s humans hunted them to extinction. Today on the front page of the New York Times,...

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Steller's Sea Cow Hydrodamalis gigas extinct | Steller’s Sea Cow ( Hydrodamalis gigas) ~ World Extinct Animals

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The Steller's sea cow (Hydromamalis gigas) is an extinct mammal belonging to the order Sirenia. It was discovered in 1741 by Georg Wilhelm Steller in the Sea of ​​Bering, between Siberia and Alaska. This pacific giant, closely related to the Dugong, was up to 9 meters long (30 ft) and 9 tonnes of weight. It became extinct only 27 years after the scientific discovery due to hunting for its meat, skin and fat.

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Steller's sea cow The species was quickly wiped out by the sailors, seal hunters, and fur traders who followed Bering's route past the islands to Alaska, who hunted it both for food and for skins, which were used to make boats. It was also hunted for its valuable subcutaneous fat, which was not only used for food (usually as a butter substitute), but also for oil lamps because it did not give off any smoke or odor and could be kept for a long time in warm weather without spoiling. By 1768…

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In its heyday, the Stellar's sea cow was a sight — the largest water mammals besides whales.

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EXTINCT — STELLER'S SEA COW (Hydrodamalis gigas). George Steller first described his sea cow in 1741 on an expedition to the uninhabited Commander Islands off the coast of Kamchatka. The placid sea creature probably grew as big as 26 feet long and weighed around 8 to 10 tons. It fed on kelp. Just 27 years after Steller’s discovery, however, it was hunted to extinction.

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