New Zealand Fur Seal
They have a pointed nose and long whiskers. The coloration is dark brown to gray with a lighter underside. Males have a long, thick mane.
They can dive uo to 270 m. Males are known to set up rookeries where the females come to breed and raise their young. They go through a molting period after the breeding season finishes.
The southern coasts of Australia and the coasts of New Zealand.
Great white shark, Sevengill shark, sometimes killer whales and leopard seals.
Do not migrate.
Social system/Group size
One male forms harems of 5 to 8 females during the breeding season.
They are mainly threatened by entanglement in fishing gear and harassment by the public.
The DOC's Conservation Services Program researches the impact of fishing and tourism and monitors the population.
Like all fur seals, the New Zealand fur seal is actually a sea lion - this can be most easily noted in its external ear flippers.