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Steller’s Sea Cow : Steller’s Menagerie Part One

Steller’s sea cow (Hydrodamalis gigas) was one of the most surprising, dramatic and generally amazing animals to have shared the world with modern humans. To tell its story is going to take two episodes – and this first of them, to be honest, doesn’t even feature the sea cow itself. Partly that’s because we have to talk about some of those modern humans too. Specifically, Vitus Bering and Georg Steller. Two men who would share with that gigantic creature an extraordinary tale of exploration, survival, death and extinction. Oh, and there’s a load of other amazing wildlife involved as well …

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Come back in a couple of weeks for Part Two, but in the meantime read on for shownotes, photos, video and the like …

Much more extensive show notes will turn up for the next episode, part two of this two part series, since there’s stuff I don’t want to put here because … Spoilers! (and if I remember, I’ll even include in next episode’s show notes the most intriguing proposed explanation for what Steller’s sea ape really was – not here, though, because … like I said … Spoilers!)

Here, though, are the awesome animal stars of part one …

Here’s the dashing, stylish Steller’s jay (Cyanocitta stelleri):

and the imposing Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus), fourth biggest carnivoran on the planet:

and the … well, just kind of awesome-looking really Steller’s sea eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus):

Music

Opening Theme: Running Waters by Audionautix (Jason Shaw), from audionautix.com. Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

Closing Theme: Acoustic Meditation by Audionautix (Jason Shaw), from audionautix.com. Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

Traditional Song of the Volga Boatmen and Mourning Song by Kevin Macleod (Incompetech.com). Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

Excidentis foliae by Damiano Baldoni. Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

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