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

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Found: The Massive Skeleton of a Steller's Sea Cow

Found: The Massive Skeleton of a Steller's Sea Cow

A sirenian emerges on a remote Russian island.

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…

The dangers that lurk in cryptid territories may never completely deter die-hard monster hunters, but some creatures are better left as mysteries.

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

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."

The Steller's sea cow (Hydrodamalis gigas) is an extinct herbivorous marine mammal.

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 was hunted to extinction fewer than thirty years after being described.

Found: The Massive Skeleton of a Steller's Sea Cow

Steller's sea cow was hunted to extinction fewer than thirty years after being described.

Pallas Sea Cow.jpg

Pallas Sea Cow.jpg

Large A1 (25" x 33") Moby Dick School Chart - Narwhale Poster - Steller's sea cow - Bow Whale and Sperm Whale Poster - Antique Style

Large A1 (25" x 33") Moby Dick School Chart - Narwhale Poster - Steller's sea cow - Bow Whale and Sperm Whale Poster - Antique Style

ステラーカイギュウ Steller's sea cow

Note: This picture is not up to size of what a Steller's Sea Cow was. For scale, they were the size of about 20 manatees!

Steller's sea cow - Side view of a brown-green dugong. It is similar to a manatee, in that the head is pointed downwards, the eyes are small, and the body is stocky. The arms are perpendicular to the body and bend backwards toward the tail. There are no fingernails. The tail is knotched, much like a dolphin tail.

Discovered in the Bering Sea, the huge, monogamous Steller's sea cow lasted only 30 years before being hunted to extinction

The Steller's sea cow, Alaska from a series of posters entitled Unknown Tourism by Expedia

Back from the dead: extinct wildlife as vintage posters – in pictures

The Steller's sea cow, Alaska from a series of posters entitled Unknown Tourism by Expedia

Steller's Sea Cow: the defenseless beast (extinct since 1768)

Steller's Sea Cow: the defenseless beast (extinct since 1768)

Steller's Sea Cow: the defenseless beast (extinct since

Steller's Sea Cow Drawn by George Steller

Steller's Sea Cow Drawn by George Steller

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