The following visual story was written and illustrated by Maia Lisa D’Souza. She is a biology major at IISER Mohali, interested in wildlife conservation, stories and the intersection of science and art. She tweets at @maiadsouz.
The story follows the twists and turns in the ‘discovery’ of Steller’s sea cow, its subsequent extinction and our attempts to decipher its secrets.
The sources the author consulted to create this story are available here.