Cape Fur Seal
Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus
A marine mammal living in southern Africa. The Cape fur seal is a great swimmer able to dive to over 400m. They have external ears, which is the difference to the “true seals”. They are hunted on the coastline / land by jackals abd hyenas. At sea they are preyed upon by sharks.
- Males can weight up to 350kg, females are much smaller up to 80kg
- Fish eaters, such as sardines. Also eat squid & crabs.
- Quick swimmers, perhaps 35 km/hr
- Forage in the ocean. The breed on islands and coastlines
- Vocal calls are so distinguished and unique they can determine different individuals in big groups of thousands, including finding their own offspring