Fur Seals (Arctocephalinae)

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Northern fur seal entangled in fishing net! Northern fur seal pups Northern Fur Seal Bull and his harem! Northern Fur Seal Bull
Northern Fur Seal pups

What are the characteristics of all fur seals?


Fur seal males can be more than five times heavier than the females.  The fur seals are covered with a dense layer of fur, intermixing in the dense fur are coarse guard hairs that are molted once a year. They gather in large herds at mating time.  The males will aggressively defend their territories and harems.  Their rear flippers can be faced forward to move on land.  Their flippers are bare and the claws are small.


What are the different species of fur seals?
Click on one of the fur seal species to view information on it!

  • Northern fur seal (Callorhinus ursinus)
  • Guadalupe fur seal (Arctocephalus townsendi)
  • Juan Fernandez fur seal (Arctocephalus philippii)
  • Galapagos fur seal (Arctocephalus galapagoensis)
  • South American fur seal (Arctocephalus australis)
  • New Zealand fur seal (Arctocephalus forsteri)
  • Antarctic fur seal (Arctocephalus gazella)
  • Subantarctic fur seal (Arctocephalus tropicalis)
  • South African fur seal (Arctocephalus pusillus)

More information on fur seals should be up shortly!!


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