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Fur Seal


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Fur Seal
Fur Seal
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Fur Seal
Fur Seal
There are eight different species of fur seal found in the worlds oceans. Only one of these fur seal species is found in the northern hemisphere with the remaining seven species of fur seal found in the southern hemisphere.

Fur seals are much more closely related to sea lions than true seals, and like sea lions the fur seal has external ears (many species of true seal are in fact earless). The fur seal also has relatively long and muscular foreflippers, and fur seals are also able to walk on all fours when the fur seals reach land.

The fur seals most distinctive characteristic is the fur seals thick underfur which helps to keep the fur seal warm in freezing cold waters. The fur seals fur however has made the fur seal a long-time object of commercial hunting by humans.

Fur seals tend to return to specific beaches or rocky alcoves to breed which the fur seals do in the summer months. The fur seal pups are sent into the water as soon as the mother fur seal is finished weaning them in order for the fur seal pups to learn how to hunt.

The fur seal spends most of its time swimming in the open oceans hunting for food. Fur seals feed on fish and plankton but are also prone to hunting squid and eels.

The fur seal is often targeted prey for large aquatic animals such as sharks, killer whales, sea lions and occasionally the larger adult leopard seals.


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Fur Seal Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Mammalia
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Carnivora
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Otariidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Arctocephalus
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Arctocephalinae
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Mammal
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Carnivore
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
1.5m - 2m (59in - 79in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
105kg - 300kg (230lbs - 661lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
44km/h (27mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
12 - 18 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Herd
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Threatened
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Brown, Black, Grey
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Fur
Favourite Food:Squid
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Cold waters and rocky land
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
1
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Squid, Fish, Birds
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Leopard Seal, Sharks, Killer Whale
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal...
External ear flaps and stocky build

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