BY MOLLY & ELLIE
Antarctic Fur Seals live in a difficult and cold environment. In order to survive, they have adapted by evolving a thick layer of underfur covered by a layer of short rough fur on the top. Their underfur is waterproof and keeps them warm. These seals were once hunted for their fur. They are now protected and have made an incredible recovery.
Groups of seals
Seals and sea lions are one of the few groups of marine mammals that live in the Antarctic.
There are two natural groups of seals, true (earless) seals and fur seals which have small flaps over their ears, and are related to sea-lions.
Six different species of seal live in Antarctic waters: Ross, Weddell, crabeater, leopard, fur and elephant seals. Fur seals are the smallest, with adult females weighing only 150 kg, while male elephant seals can weigh 4000 kg.