Subantarctic Fur Seal

By E.L.

Description

  • Classification- Marine Mammal
  • Body Covering- Fur; Creamy orange chests and faces; Bellies are more brownish
  • Size- Males are 2 meters and 160 KG
  • Size- Females are 1.4 meters and 50 KG
  • Unusual fact: Pups are black at birth, then molt at 3 months

Food Chain and Habitat

  • Food Sources- Finds food in the ocean
  • Carnivore
  • Predator- Yes; Hunts for birds or krill
  • Location- Antarctica; Southern Ocean
  • Terrain- Ice
  • Climate- Polar
  • Home- Ice and/or water

Adaptation

  • Their snout is short and flat
  • Their flippers are wide and thick which help them swim in order to catch their prey
  • most fur seals spend most of the winter and early spring (c. June - September) away from the breeding grounds and probably out at sea
  • Their whiskers are very long, sometimes reaching past the ears and down the chest
  • Most of the population spends much of the winter and spring (June-September) at sea

Reasons for Endagerment

  • They were hunted for their pelts throughout the 19th century
  • They are predated by sharks and killer whales
  • There are groups who are trying to keep the rocky terrains out of reach from humans who might hunt them with big groups
  • The pups are the ones being harmed the most which affect the population and the breeding