Nature and Wildlife

Australian Fur Seals of the 12 Apostles Coast

Remember to keep a safe distance so you don’t disturb them while they are asleep!

When and Where

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!


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  03 8400 7300

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