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Unformatted text preview: good to eat and hunted them to extinction in short orde short order Probably had a warmer-water distribution (indicated by fossil record), but only this population survived in marginal habitat because of human pressure in warmer part of range that began long before Bering ‘discovered’ them Cast of Steller’s Sea Cow Skull History of Sirenia 3 Conservation issues for living species In US, population numbers are okay, but . .. – State of Florida is trying to down list its populations – Boater developer and tourist concessions want Boater, developer, and tourist concessions want freer reign – Power plants scheduled for closing will remove many warm-water refugia in winter Outside US, still hunted in Caribbean and Central America (and elsewhere?) Apparently susceptible to harmful algal blooms Many Florida power plants shutting down: loss of warm water refugia...
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- Spring '08
- The Odyssey, Manatee, Sirenia, Dugong, Sea Cow