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Steller's Sea Cow

Episode 4 of 5

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

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14 minutes