Again from Clifton Zoo a South American Fur Seal......
These fur seals belong to the same family as sea lions (Otariidae, meaning eared seals). They are more agile on land than the 'earless' seals as they can move their hind limbs forward underneath their body which is raised as they move. Using their front and hind flippers alternately, they can move almost at a gallop on land. In the water, the front flippers are used in a rowing movement but the rear flippers are either not used at all or are used as a rudder. Fur seals also have a different type of coat from that of sea lions, having considerably more secondary hairs, forming a dense undercoat which effectively insulates the body. Other seals have a thick layer of blubber to keep them warm, rather than a layer of "fur". Bulls grow to an average length of 1.9 m and a weight of150 kg, cows being considerably smaller at 1.4 m and a weight of only 50 kg...... Source Clifton Zoo site.
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South American Fur Seal
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