Preston Singletary, Killer Whale, blown, sculpted, and sand-carved glass, 21.75”x12.5”x4", 2008. Preston Singletary (Seattle) received a 2009 GAP for research expenses on Tlingit culture to enhance his art and provide a deeper cultural context in which to work.
Collection: Broadsides & Ephemera. Advertisement for exhibition of the hydrarchos, the skeleton of a "sea serpent," at Niblo's Garden, New York City, . Later revealed to be a hoax perpetrated by "Dr." Albert Koch, assembled from bones of five different creatures (including some specimens of fossil cetacean Basilosaurus found in Alabama). Includes illustration of skeleton on display.
Steller's Sea Cow was discovered in the Aleutian Islands by George Steller while exploring with Vitus Bering in 1741. They grew as large as 35 feet long and weighed up to three-and-a-half tons. Sailors ate their meat and used their leather. Within only 27 years of discovery by Europeans, the slow moving and easily captured Steller's sea cow was hunted to extinction.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/16/science/earth/study-raises-alarm-for-health-of-ocean-life.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=first-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0 - Let U.S. please avoid (Y)our extinction!