Australian Fur Seal

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Where & When:

Australian Fur Seals can be found south of Apollo Bay at Marengo Reefs Marine Sanctuary, a natural bay which is protected by Hayley Reef, just 50 metres off the beach. The reef is home to over 200 seals. They can spend days at a time at sea, without returning to their colony but will make use of haul-out sites and can sometimes be spotted along the 12 Apostles Coast. Remember to keep a safe distance so you don’t disturb them while they are asleep!

Fun facts:

  • It’s also known as the Brown fur seal, the Cape fur seal and the South African fur seal.
  • They are the fourth rarest seal species in the world.
  • The Female seal is called a Cow and the Male is a Bull.
  • They will swim around divers for minutes at a time however they are less relaxed when in human company on land and tend to panic.
  • Seal hunting stopped in Australia in 1923
  • To report injured wildlife call  1300 094 535

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Australian Fur Seal

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