Steller's sea cow (Hydrodamalis gigas) is also in the family Dugongidae (Reynolds and Odell 1991), but the species was extirpated by humans in 1768 just 27 years after it's discovery in the North Pacific (Stejneger 1887).

Steller's sea cow (Hydrodamalis gigas) is also in the family Dugongidae (Reynolds and Odell 1991), but the species was extirpated by humans in 1768 just 27 years after it's discovery in the North Pacific (Stejneger 1887).

Steller's sea cow - The Steller's sea cow was driven extinct only 27 years after being discovered, due to humans poaching it into extinction.

Steller's sea cow - The Steller's sea cow was driven extinct only 27 years after being discovered, due to humans poaching it into extinction.

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…

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…

Steller's Sea Cow, the largest of all sea cows, was discovered by the German Explorer/Doctor/Naturalist, Georg Wilhelm Steller, while on the ill-fated 2nd Kamchatka Expedition with Vitus Bering. It was perhaps an ill omen when Steller spotted these gentle marine giants swimming around the very island where Bering's scurvy ravaged corpse was buried. Alas, this lazy leviathan was extinct within 30 years of Steller recording its location.  In a twist of cosmic justice, no image of Steller…

Steller's Sea Cow, the largest of all sea cows, was discovered by the German Explorer/Doctor/Naturalist, Georg Wilhelm Steller, while on the ill-fated 2nd Kamchatka Expedition with Vitus Bering. It was perhaps an ill omen when Steller spotted these gentle marine giants swimming around the very island where Bering's scurvy ravaged corpse was buried. Alas, this lazy leviathan was extinct within 30 years of Steller recording its location. In a twist of cosmic justice, no image of Steller…

Absurd creature of the week: Steller's sea cow

Absurd Creature of the Week: A Strange Saga of Bribery, Skinny-Dipping, and a 12-Ton Sea Cow

Absurd creature of the week: Steller's sea cow

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.

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.

Absurd Creature of the Week: A Strange Saga of Bribery, Skinny-Dipping, and a 12-Ton Sea Cow - Wired Science

Absurd Creature of the Week: A Strange Saga of Bribery, Skinny-Dipping, and a 12-Ton Sea Cow

Absurd Creature of the Week: A Strange Saga of Bribery, Skinny-Dipping, and a 12-Ton Sea Cow - Wired Science

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