Antarctic Fur Seal Portrait - Arctocephalus gazellaBack to gallery Back to fur seal thumbnails Next Previous
Fur seals belong to the group known as the Otarid or "eared" seals, this group contains fur seals and sea-lions that have a visible earflap. Southern fur seals in appearance and manner resemble a large dog (albeit a funny shaped one). They are able to bring their rear flippers under their body and take the weight of their body on their fore-flippers and so are much more agile on land compared to others such as elephant, Weddell and crabeater seals. The males can reach 200kg (440lb) and can be up to 4 times larger than the females. They are restricted mainly to the sub-Antarctic islands, with 95% of the worlds population being found on the island of South Georgia.
Photo; © Paul Ward