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Subantarctic Fur Seal

Arctocephalus tropicalis


Similar to NZ Fur Seal. Adult males about 130kg. Dark grey-brown but with diagnostic yellow/cream face and bib.


A species that took a hammering during the sealing days. Now fully protected but still recovering. Main rookeries are in the southern Atlantic and Indian Oceans and still only a vagrant in the southern Pacific.


This adult male seen in the Antipodes Islands where it is still only an occasional vagrant.

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New Zealand

Spotted on Nov 10, 2013
Submitted on Jun 4, 2015

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