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Australian Fur Seal

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Scientific name
Arctocephalus pusillus
Common name
Australian Fur Seal
Life on the Edge
Group
Marine Mammals
Where to find
Occasional visitors to the Bluff these seals are most often resting on the rocks before returning to sea for feeding.
Description

Australian Fur Seals are easily recognised by their thick fur coats, pointed faces with long whiskers, and powerful front flippers on which they can stand. The hind fins are used mainly for steering in the water although can also be turned and used for walking on land.  Up to 3 m long

Seals are active carnivores and feed on a wide variety of species including fish, cephalopods such as squid and octopus, as well as crustaceans including crabs and rock lobsters. They were previously killed for their skins but are now fully protected.

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