I'm guessing Hurricane Irma dumped water from the Keys in the Gulf of Mexico:
all the way to Georgia apparently.
- Scientific name: Hydrodamalis gigas
- Also known as: Sirenia
- Length: 9-10 meters (over 30 feet)
- Weight: Approximately 10 metric tons or 22,000 pounds
- Dr. Greorge W. Steller discovered in 1741
- Small head with broad, forked tail fluke like a dugong
- Stumpy front flippers assisted with quick motility over rocky areas and stability in rough seas
Sea Cows had no teeth and they relied on horny plates in the mouth to compact their soft food, which consisted of kelp and seaweed. They fed towards the Ocean surface. In Russia seal hunters thought of sea cows as the prime prized meat that would feed them on long sea journeys. Yes, killing was often wasteful. The populations of sea cows in 1741 has been estimated at around 2000, but by 1768 they were completely exterminated. The extinction of Steller's sea cow is a dramatic example of the vulnerability of small isolated animal populations still in need of our protection today.
Read more by a Naturalist named George W. Steller, who accompanied Vitus Bering on his voyage of discovery into he North Pacific. The largest sea cows once weighed perhaps 10 metric tons (22,000 pounds), much larger in scale than present-day relatives manatees and dugongs.
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Visit www.oceanblueproject.org to become an ocean supporter for the greater good for our mammals.