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 (Hydrodamalis gigas) was found only in the Commander Islands which are situated in the Bering Sea between Alaska and Russia, extinct as of 1768.

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.

Pallas Sea Cow Drawing, thought to be the only remaining illustration of a dead female examined by Georg Wilhem Steller, 1743. Many later depictions were based on it.

Pallas Sea Cow Drawing, thought to be the only remaining illustration of a dead female examined by Georg Wilhem Steller, 1743. Many later depictions were based on it.

Steller's sea cow skeleton

By 27 years after it had been discovered by Europeans, Steller's sea cow was extinct.

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Absurd creature of the week: Steller's sea cow

Steller's Sea Cow was discovered in the Aleutian Islands by George Steller while exploring with Vitus Bering in 1741. They grew as large as 35 feet long and weighed up to three-and-a-half tons. Sailors ate their meat and used their leather. Within only 27 years of discovery by Europeans, the slow moving and easily captured Steller's sea cow was hunted to extinction.

Steller’s Sea Cow: Related to the dugong and manatee, this species of sea cow was once abundant in the North Pacific. However, within 27 years of its discovery by Europeans, the slow-moving and easily captured Steller’s sea cow was hunted to extinction.

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…

scientificillustration: “A drawing of Steller’s sea cow, by Georg Steller ”

Stellers Sea Cow Steller's sea cow was first discovered in 1741 by explorers that ventured into parts of the Arctic Circle.

Stellers Sea Cow Steller's sea cow was first discovered in 1741 by explorers that ventured into parts of the Arctic Circle.

Steller's Sea Cow Facts

Steller's Sea Cow Facts

Steller's Sea Cow was a Pleistocene ancestor of modern dugongs and manatees.

Stellar's Sea Cow | 3D model of the Steller's sea cow, was the largest living member of the order Sirenia.  Relatives are the manatees and the dugong.  By 1741 it was already very limited in population size.  Was hunted to extinction around 1768.

Steller's sea cow was the largest living member of the order Sirenia. Relatives are the manatees and the dugong. By 1741 it was already very limited in population size. Was hunted to extinction around

Steller's Sea Cow

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2 years ago notes) creatures View high resolution uncertaintimes: Steller’s sea cow (Hydrodamalis gigas) is a large extinct sirenian mammal.

Steller's sea cow by riikka

Ink drawing of Steller's sea cow (hydrodamalis gigas) Gone extinct in Steller's sea cow

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…

New advances in science and genetic engineering could enable scientists to bring some select animals "back" from extinction.

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