By Sean Mariani
Imagine two male Fur Seals happily swimming around. Then, the month June comes and the friends become enemies fighting for territory. They fight each other till one wins and gets the land. The winner herds 40 females into his land. The loser finds territory and establishes it. He herds more than 60 females into his land! How will he know which one to chose? He will probably just know. Instead of using cream for itching, Fur Seals itch themselves with their flippers. Even though they are pretty melo, don't get close during mating season.
Fur seals have flippers to help them swim at high speeds. Their teeth help them gnaw through plants and fish. At birth Males weigh 12 pounds and females weigh 10 pounds. As adults, Males weigh 116-302 pounds and females weigh 66-103. They have big eyes to help them see. They could be a vicious hunter, but they prefer to be cute and cuddly.
The Life Cycle of a Fur Seal
When Fur Seals are pups they can't really do anythig. They reliy on their mother's milk for food. Even though they aren't useful, they are really cute. They can swim in shallow water.
Fur Seals are called Weaners when they are four months old. Even though the name sounds funny, this is a crucial part of the seal's life. They start swimming in deeper water in this stage
When they are a yearling they are 1-2 years old. They can start to eat fish and not drink milk from their mother. They can roam and play in places where parents can supervise
When Fur Seals are 2-3 years old they are classified as Subadults. They are almost ready to be on their own. They have learned valuble skills that will help them in Adulthood. They are waiting paitently to be adults.
When Fur Seals are 3 years and older they are adults. They can roam the entire ocean if they wanted. They are really happy to be away from their mom. In just 3 years they are adults!! That is crazy!! Wouldn't you want to be free like them at 3 years old?
Fur Seal Pups in rehab
Fur seal mother getting ready to feed her pup
The Heavyweight vs the Underdog
Some people think male and fur seals are the same, but actually, they are not.
Male fur seals tend to be heavier than females. Males are 116-302 pounds while females are 66-103 pounds. Males are 4.5 times heavier than the light female. Even though Males are tougher, females are more important.
Males are the heavyweight and the longest. They are 12 inches at birth compared to the female who is 10 inches at birth. Males are 30-40% longer than females. In adulthood, Males are 6-7 feet long and females are 4-5 feet long. I like that the more tough males are heavier and longer than females.
Male and female fur seals standing together
Putting the Flipper down
So, we put the flipper down and passed a law saying it was illeagal to kill a fur seal. When the countries did this, we made harsher consequences, so now if you kill a fur seal, get ready for court because you are going to be arrested. The Marine Mammal Protection Act is what the law was called. Even though it was passed in 1972, people still hunt them. Why are we killing these cute animals?