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Q: What Is (Was) a Sea Cow?

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A: When they existed, sea cows were big, slow, tasty, and defenseless, all of which is a bad combination around a slew of hungry humans. A cold-water relative of the manatee and dugong, the sea cow was discovered by Europeans in 1741 when the explorer Vitus Bering and his crew were ship-wrecked in the area between Siberia and Alaska. And since the group had some time to kill and some hungry bellies to feed, they decided to submit this sea cow to a taste test.

To their delight, they quickly realized that the meat tasted like veal and remained fresh for a surprisingly long time. Plus, there was a lot of it, since the beasts reached as much as 26 feet in length and weighed up to 8 tons. Estimates are that only about 20% of the sea cows shot or harpooned were actually caught, but by 1768 they had all died – an unfortunate occurrence for sure.

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  • Chefhunter

    Dear Mr. Floss. Not familar with sea cows however I find manatee meat does taste like veal. Was able to shoot one during our manatee hunting season. Unfortunately it was a pregnant cow, however the fetus cooked up quite delightful and I topped it with a benaise sauce. If interested I will share my receipt.

  • http://midnightcafe.wordpress.com Mat Brewster

    Sussman totally beat me to that gag. Though, I’m used to it in Squigglevision on Dr. Katz.

  • The Haze

    Rosie O’Donnell of course!!