New Zealand Fur Seal Arctocephalus forsteri
New Zealand Fur Seal, Kangaroo Island, SA, Australia, March 2006 - click for larger image Kangaroo Island, Australia
March 2006

The New Zealand Fur Seal is distributed in the seas around New Zealand and southern Australia. They breed on islands and rocky coasts.

New Zealand Fur Seal, Kangaroo Island, SA, Australia, March 2006 - click for larger image Adult males have a large head and thick mane and can weigh up to 200 kilos while a female weighs about 50 kilos at most. They are dark or greyish brown in colour but can look black when wet.

A female will have one pup each year and feed it on milk for 12 months.

Female and pup New Zealand Fur Seal, Kangaroo Island, SA, Australia, March 2006 - click for larger image They have been hunted for their fur in the past and are still killed in fishing nets.
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