South African Fur Seal Arctocephalus pusillus

South African Fur Seal
South African Fur Seal
Fur Seals, with small ears and flippers, are not true seals but are closely related to Sealions. Like sealions (but not true seals), Fur Seals can bring all four flippers under their body and walk on land.
South African Fur Seals
South African Fur Seal
The South African Fur Seal, also called the Cape, Brown and Australian Fur Seal, is the largest of the Fur Seals, with males reaching some 2.3metres in length. It looks black in the water but brown when dry on land. It lives in waters off South Africa, particularly coasts of the Cape and Namibia, and also off southeast Australia, including Tasmania. The African subspecies is shown here.