Marine Wildlife Encyclopedia
South American Fur Seal Arctocephalus australis
Once found along the entire length of South America’s southern coasts, this fur seal now breeds on offshore islands, where it faces less disturbance from humans.
It is blackish gray, with paler undersides in females, and is agile on land, using its flippers to climb steep rocks. Males may be about three times the weight of females. This species feeds mainly at night, hunting fish, squid, lobsters, and crabs, and is itself hunted by sharks and killer whales.