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Skeleton of Great Steller's Sea Cow Found in Commander Islands
17.11.2017 15:01
Skeleton of Great Steller's Sea Cow Found in Commander Islands

The skeleton of the extinct animal will become the central exhibit at the visit center of the Commander Reserve in Kamchatka.

      “Recently Marina Shitova, a research assistant of the reserve, has discovered the skeleton of the extinct Steller's sea cow, when examining the coastline. It was buried under a layer of pebbles and sand at the depth of 70 cm. The last find of an almost intact skeleton of a sea cow was unearthed on the Bering Island in 1987 ", the press service informed.

      The total length of the found skeleton was 5.2 m. However, given the length of the missing parts, it can be assumed that the total length of the living animal made about six meters.

      At the time of the discovery of the Commander Islands in 1741, the Steller sea cow was the endemic of this land, that is, it was preserved only in that habitat.


Author: Vera Ivanova

Tags: Kamchatka     

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