Steller, the discoverer of this species, is the only scientist who ever witnessed this animal alive. The gigantic sea creatures were about 11 tons in mass and up to 10 meters in length. Most of their time was spent floating on the water, chilling out in groups. Hunters and sailors went crazy after this sea cow’s delicious meat (stated by Steller).
Their fury’s quality also enthralled fur merchants. The thick blubber was frequently used as a source of oils for lamps and cooking. Unfortunately, these features didn’t serve them well and led to their extinction by the 18th century. Did you know that they survived only about 30 years after being discovered by men?
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- Only sirenian known to have lived in cold waters.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Group
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No