Juan Fernandez Fur Seal Arctocephalus philippii
Juan Fernandez Fur Seal, Robinson Crusoe Island, Chile, January 2007 - click for larger image Robinson Crusoe Island, Chile
January 2007

The Juan Fernandez Fur Seal breeds on the rocky shores of the Juan Fernandez Archipelago and the nearby San Felix group of islands. In the autumn and winter they can reach the Chilean coast.
Juan Fernandez Fur Seal, Robinson Crusoe Island, Chile, January 2007 - click for larger image It has a very long and pointed muzzle with a large and bulbous nose. The bull, seen here in photo 1, has a buff-grey or yellowish crown and nape and a black chest and belly.

Cows form medium to large groups during the breeding season and often raft at the surface with their flippers in the air. These they frequently cross over their bellies.
Juan Fernandez Fur Seal, Robinson Crusoe Island, Chile, January 2007 - click for larger image It was thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered in 1965 and there are now thought to be about 12,000 of the species.
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