I've been reading about Steller's Sea Cow. Very interesting and sad story.

I've been reading about Steller's Sea Cow. Very interesting and sad story.

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 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.

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

ステラーカイギュウ Steller's sea cow

ステラーカイギュウ 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.

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

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

Steller's Sea Cow Drawn by George Steller

Steller's Sea Cow Drawn by George Steller

Skeleton in Finland - "The Steller's sea cow (Hydrodamalis gigas) was a large, herbivorous marine mammal. [...] Although the sea cow had formerly been abundant throughout the North Pacific [...] Within 27 years of discovery by Europeans, the slow-moving and easily captured Steller's sea cow was hunted to extinction."

Skeleton in Finland - "The Steller's sea cow (Hydrodamalis gigas) was a large, herbivorous marine mammal. [...] Although the sea cow had formerly been abundant throughout the North Pacific [...] Within 27 years of discovery by Europeans, the slow-moving and easily captured Steller's sea cow was hunted to extinction."

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