Fur Seal Facts
Five groups that classify all living things
A group of animals within the animal kingdom
A group of animals within a pylum
A group of animals within a class
A group of animals within an order
A group of animals within a family
Comprised of the genus followed by the species
The animal group that the species belongs to
What kind of foods the animal eats
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
|1.5m - 2m (59in - 79in)|
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
|105kg - 300kg (230lbs - 661lbs)|
The fastest recorded speed of the animal
How long the animal lives for
|12 - 18 years|
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
|Brown, Black, Grey|
The protective layer of the animal
The specific area where the animal lives
|Cold waters and rocky land|
|Average Litter Size:|
The average number of babies born at once
|Main Prey:||Squid, Fish, Birds|
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
|Leopard Seal, Sharks, Killer Whale|
Characteristics unique to the animal
|External ear flaps and stocky build|
Fur Seal Location
Fur SealThere 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.
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First Published: 17th December 2008, Last Updated: 9th January 2017 [View Sources]
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