Steller’s Sea Cow Reconstruction
Picking from some of the 3D modeling work done for mobile – where this Steller’s Sea Cow augments a 5m (13 ft) long skeleton – I recreated the marine environment where the animal lived before extinction. Steller’s Sea Cows (Hydrodamalis gigas) disappeared from over hunting only 27 years after European populations first encountered them in 1741, and there are no visual records, only written descriptions, of what they were like. This reconstruction was based on the descriptions, on the appearance of closely related living species and on consultation with a specialist on the anatomy of this animal group.
The illustration featured at the Brazilian Science Illustration Meeting in Florianópolis (Brazil), at the Anatomy of an Illustration exhibition; and at the Beautiful Maryland exhibition.