Cape Fur Seal

Similar Animals:
 South American Fur Seal
 Antarctic Fur Seal
 Subantarctic Fur Seal
 New Zealand Fur Seal
 Galapagos Fur Seal
 Guadalupe Fur Seal
 Juan Fernandez Fur Seal
 Northern Fur Seal

Cape Fur Seal


Cape Fur Seal Colony


Cape Fur Seal
Photographer: Hans Hillewaert

Cape Fur Seal Range Map (S Africa & SE Australia)
Cape Fur Seal Range Map (S Africa & SE Australia)
Latin Name Arctocephalus pusillus
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location Coasts of S Africa & SE Australia
Colour Dark Grey to Brown
Length 1.2 - 2.3 m (3.9 - 7.5 ft)
Weight 35 - 360 Kgs (77 - 794 lbs)
Life Expectancy

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Main Characteristics

Cape Fur Seals are large fur seals with a body length between 1.2 and 2.3 m (3.9 - 7.5 ft) and they weigh between 35 and 360 kgs (77 - 794 lbs). They are dark grey to brown in colour with a paler coloured underside and face. Males have a mane on their neck which becomes lighter in colour as they get older.

Habitat

Cape Fur Seals can be found in the coastal waters of southern Africa and south eastern Australia.

Diet

Cape Fur Seals feed on fish, squid and occasionally octopus.

Breeding

Cape Fur Seals have a gestation period of 12 months, which includes a period of delayed implantation, and they give birth to a single pup. The pup is weaned at 12 months old, although some suckle for longer, and they reach sexual maturity at 3 - 6 years old.

Predators

Predators of Cape Fur Seals are sharks and killer whales.

Subspecies

There are two subspecies of Cape Fur Seal:

South African Fur Seal
(Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus)
They are also known as Cape Fur Seal

Australian Fur Seal
(Arctocephalus pusillus doriferus)

Interesting Facts

Cape Fur Seals are also known as:
South African Fur Seal
Australian Fur Seal
Brown Fur Seal



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