New Zealand Fur-Seal

Arctocephalus forsteri

Arctocephalus forsteri - New Zealand Fur-Seal

Size: 2.5 m

Distribution: All SA coastal and gulf waters

Habitat: Rocky coastline and artificial structures

Depth: Coastal and subtidal to 10+ metres

Arctocephalus forsteri - New Zealand Fur-Seal

This seal is the most common species occuring in coastal metro waters. It has a robust build, with short but shaggy grey to brown fur. It has a short snout, which is still generally longer than others in its genus, and relatively large ears. It can be confused with the Australian Sea Lion (Neophoca cinerea), but that species is usually lighter in colour, with a longer snout, shorter ears and smoother fur.