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 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

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.

A map of the Bering Sea region.

A map of the Bering Sea region.

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.

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

Steller's sea cow by riikka

Steller's sea cow by riikka

Steller's Sea Cow Drawn by George Steller

Steller's Sea Cow Drawn by George Steller

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