|Juan Fernandez Fur Seal Arctocephalus philippii|
|Robinson Crusoe Island, Chile
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.
|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.
|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.|