- Australo-african Fur-seal
Males have dark grey-brown fur (grey when wet) with a distinct mane of thick hair on the neck. Females have a lighter, white-yellow throat. Young seal pups are black-brown with grey underparts. Ear visible behind each eye. Up to 2.3 m long.
Australian Fur Seals change their diet from season to season, eating squid, octopus and fish. Killer Whales and White Sharks are probably their main predators. They were killed in Victorian waters for their skins until partially protected in 1891 and fully protected in the 1980s.
Humans interactions include:
Vulnerable to oil spills.
Coastal and continental shelf waters, up to 180 km offshore.
Native to Australia
- CITES : Trade restrictions (Appendix II)
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Least Concern