Seal of Fur
We are meeting another wonderful inhabitant of Antarctica today- a large and in charge mammal- the fur seal. Good thing they have blubber because it is cold! Bbbbbrrr…
Antarctic Fur Seal Fun Facts:
- These seals can grow up to 6 1/2 feet and weigh up to 475 lbs. Males are larger than females.
- These carnivores eat up to a ton of food in a year! That is a lot of krill and fish.
- The seals that call South Georgia Island home are the most dense population of marine mammals on earth.
- Females spend most of their lives at sea. They come ashore to breed and raise their pups. Juvinelles will also spend most of their time at sea until they are mature enough to breed.
- They can dive around 590 ft deep and remain underwater for about 10 minutes.
- Males are very territorial of their breeding females. They are known for their fights between each other.
- These seals are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN.
We loved seeing these seals. This is their summer, so they are pups out and about. They begin to spend their time at sea at around 4 months! Wow- you grow up fast when you are an Antarctica Fur Seal.
“eat up to a ton of food in a year” Hmmm I might be a fur seal 😉