General Description

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. Easily confused with the New Zealand Fur Seal.

Biology

Australian Fur Seals change their diet from season to season, eating squid, octopus and fish. Killer Whales, Orcinus orca, and White Sharks, Carcharodon carcharias. They were killed in Victorian waters for their skins until partially protected in 1891 and fully protected in the 1980s. They are vulnerable to oil spills.

Distribution

South-eastern Australia.

Habitat

Coastal and continental shelf waters, up to 180 km offshore.

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