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Antarctic Fur Seal Portrait (Arctocephalus gazella)

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Fur seals belong to the group known as the Otarid or "eared" seals, this group contains fur seals and sea-lions that have a visible earflap.

Southern fur seals in appearance and manner resemble a large dog (albeit a funny shaped one). They are able to bring their rear flippers under their body and take the weight of their body on their fore-flippers and so are much more agile on land compared to others such as elephant, Weddell and crabeater seals.

The males can reach 200kg (440lb) and can be up to 4 times larger than the females. They are restricted mainly to the sub-Antarctic islands, with 95% of the worlds population being found on the island of South Georgia.
 

Photo; © Paul Ward - Pentax equipment, 100mm lens, 35mm film, K64.
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