Steller's Sea Cow
Rob Newman tells the story of the extinction of Steller's Sea Cow. Hungry urchins, struggling sea-otters, and a cruel fur-trade all had a role in the demise of this gentle giant
Rob Newman tell the story of a species we've lost forever, and explores our role in their extinction.
Steller's Sea Cow was a gentle giant of the Bering Sea, a nine-meter long relative of the Dugong and the Manatee. This is a story of swaying forests of kelp; insatiable urchins covering the sea-floor; families of sea-otters, displaced by hunting, and a growing fur-trade which threatened them all. When a delicate ecosystem gets thrown out of balance, the effects can be far-reaching, and devastating.
Produced in Bristol by Emily Knight