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Subantarctic Fur Seal


Scientific Name:
Arctocephalus tropicalis
Length:
Males: 1.8 m (6 ft); Females: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Weight:
Males: 165 kg (364 lb); Females: 50-55 kg (110-112 lb)
Status:
good to go
Prey:
N/A

Physical characteristics

Adults are dark brown dorsally and yellow on the chest with a pale "mask" around the face.

Behavioral characterization

Feed in shallow waters at night when myctophid fish swim near surface .

Distribution

Temperate islands in South Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

Population size

277,000-356,000 individuals

Predators

N/A

Migration/Dispersal patterns

N/A

Social system/Group size

N/A

Major threats

N/A

Research efforts

N/A

Fun fact

Lactating females sometimes travel 530 km (329 mi) to feed. Sometimes other species interbreed with Antarctic fur seals. The Antarctic fur seal is actually considered a sea lion, not a seal.