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Which sea lion is named for a German naturalist and surgeon?

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Considered to be a pioneer in the history of Alaska, Siberia and Russia, German explorer and scientist Georg Wilhelm Steller was the first European to witness and describe the pinniped species that now bears his name: Steller sea lion.

A zoologist, botanist and physician, Steller was also responsible for introducing the world to the Steller’s sea cow, who went extinct just years after the discovery. The docile nature of the Steller’s sea cow made it easy for hunters to kill the defenseless and slow-moving animals that went extinct in 1768, less than 30 years after Steller introduced the animal in his 1741 papers.

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