Fur seal adoption
By adopting a fur seal you will make a real contribution to the vital conservation work that Living Coasts does to protect these fascinating animals.
A male South American fur seal can measure up to 2m long and weigh 150-200kg and females measure up to 1.5m long and weigh 30-60kg.
They eat fish such as anchovies and sardines – also squid, octopus, crabs, krill and sometimes sea birds including penguins.
South American seals can move surprisingly fast on land but their streamlined shape, flipperlike limbs, fur and blubber mean they are most at home in the sea.
South American fur seals have been exploited by man since the 16th century for their fur and were almost hunted to extinction in the 19th century. Their numbers are slowly recovering now hunting has stopped, and Living Coasts is breeding fur seals as part of the European Stud Book programme run by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA).
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