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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,...

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.


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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