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The Australian Fur Seal

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The Australian Fur seal is a type of eared seal, and also the largest of all fur seals around the world! They are mostly restricted to the islands of the Bass Strait, Tasmania and Southern Victoria. Amongst the 10 established breeding colonies found in Australia, six of them are found right here in Victoria! 

There are visible differences in appearance between the males and females, known as sexual dimorphism. Females can weigh between 50-120kg and are a pale fawn-grey colour with a pale-yellow throat and underside. Males tip the scale at a hefty 220-360kg and are dark grey-brown in appearance with a pale underside, with a dark, coarse mane running over their necks and shoulders once mature. 

The coat of the Australian fur seal has a woolly under layer which aids in trapping in air. With the seal’s layer of fat, this woolly undercoat creates a highly effective insulation and waterproofing system.  

These seals are very skilled hunters, with their diet consisting almost solely on bony fish, squid and octopus. They have also been known to sneakily take advantage of fish farms and fishing net catches.

Fun facts:

  • An Australian fur seal can dive up to 150m.

  • They have similar teeth to dogs and bears.

  • Females will generally mate 6-10 days after giving birth to their pup.














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2 minutes ago, JennyM said:

where there are seals, there are sharks. Have you seen a shark? 

Actually I have never seen shark in my life apart on TV.

I have seen Eastern Brown snake 2m away from me yesterday. 

I took photo as well LOL 🤣

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6 minutes ago, New World Explorer said:

Actually I have never seen shark in my life apart on TV.

I have seen Eastern Brown snake 2m away from me yesterday. 

I took photo as well LOL 🤣

when youre in a boat with a bait, maybe you will see it or if theres diving cage in shark sight seeing in Australia. 

Simon Nellist was eaten alive there last year in Sydney. 

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