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The Australian Fur Seal, along with the Cape Fur Seal, is the largest of the fur seals. Males (bulls) are approximately 2 -2.3 metres long and weigh 218-360kg, and females (cows) are approximately 1.5 metres long and 36-113kg.

Bulls are dark greyish-brown with a mane of coarse hair. Cows and immature seals are silver-grey to brown with a creamy yellow throat and chest.

They are called fur seals because they have two layers of fur: the outer layer of dark guard hairs is on top, with an undercoat so light, thick and dense that the skin stays dry even when the animal is underwater.

Australian Fur Seals belong to the group of seals called otariidae, or eared seals. They have external ear flaps. Their front legs are flippers and their hind legs are rear-facing, which means they can swivel under the body for rapid movement
on land.

The seals moult, breed, and rest on land, congregating on rock platforms, reefs, and rocky or pebbly beaches. They also use structures such as beacons and oil platforms as ‘land’ at sea.

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seal, blue, fur, zoo

Comments

  • polly470
    polly470over 3 years ago

    This needs to be seen in so many groups..it is a terrific shot!!
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    xx

  • thank-you for the lovely comment polly. i will be adding this to some groups soon :-)

    – caradione

  • Carolann23
    Carolann23over 3 years ago

    Wow this is really wonderful ~ unique perspective creates a great abstraction!

  • many thanks carolann for the great comment. i must say your photography is beautiful…

    – caradione

  • carol brandt
    carol brandtover 3 years ago

    beautiful shot!

  • thankyou carol.
    btw from what i have seen you have a wonderful portfolio i cant wait to dive in for a bit of a closer look.

    – caradione

  • CrismanArt
    CrismanArtabout 3 years ago

    Very unusual shot, Caradione, congratulations to you! Never seen a seal that close and with sharp focus before. Artistic and unique! Also the educational, informative text is very interesting, thank you so much! Hugs from Christiane

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