Steller's sea cow facts for kids
|Steller's sea cow|
|Skeleton at the Finnish Museum of Natural History|
Steller's sea cow (Hydrodamalis gigas) is an extinct aquatic mammal.
It is a member of the order Sirenia, which today consists of dugongs and manatees. Discovered in 1741, Steller's sea cow weighed about 10 tonnes. It fed on kelp, and lived in shallow waters around the Bering Sea. Hunted relentlessly for their meat, they died out 27 years after their discovery. The reduction in the kelp supply may also have contributed to their extinction.
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Model in the Natural History Museum of London
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