Galapagos Fur Seal

Scientific Name:
Arctocephalus galapagoensis
male: 1.5 m (4.9 ft); female: 1.2 m (3.9 ft)
male: 64 kg (140 lbs); female: 28 kg (62 lbs)
Fish, cephalopods

Physical characteristics

The Galapagos fur seal is the smallest of all ostriids. It is dark brown ans has short, pointed muzzles and large eyes.

Behavioral characterization

It spends more time on land than in water.


Galapagos Islands

Population size

10,000 - 15,000


Sharks and killer whales.

Migration/Dispersal patterns

They do not migrate. Recently, some specimen were seen on Peruan islands, possibly due to the rise in the sea temperature. It is not known yet whether this population might get residental in Peru.

Social system/Group size

Individual males maintain harems of 3 - 40 females.

Major threats

El Nino events may have an impact on the available food supply.

Research efforts

The Galapagos Conservancy monitores the seals and protects their habitat.

Fun fact

The Galapagos fur seal is fully protected by the Galapagos National Park Service under Ecuadorean law.