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South American Fur Seal

By Trev_B
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.

Gave a great Saturday...

Trev

Tags: Bristol Pets and captive animals Trev_b Clifton Zoo South American Fur Seal

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Comments


23 Mar 2013 10:11AM
A wonderful image, Trev!
And thanks for the informative description, too!

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teocali Plus
8 421 18 England
23 Mar 2013 10:24AM
Superb capture and pose, Trev - the eye detail is particularly remarkable. Great description too.
Sylvia
richmowil Plus
7 310 1 England
23 Mar 2013 10:49AM
Super image! - That pose!! Wonderful!!
23 Mar 2013 11:07AM
Nice One
23 Mar 2013 11:34AM
Great shot and info Trev. hope to see you soon.
Brian
Chinga Plus
5 1 1 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2013 11:55AM
Lovely shot! Well composed. IB
ColleenA Plus
3 315 3 Australia
23 Mar 2013 11:59AM
A great image, wow has he got a shiny coat......
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.5k 148 England
23 Mar 2013 12:03PM
Interesting info, and well illustrated, Trev, maybe not the cutest of critters but a sharp capture and a lovely gloss to the wet coat.

Dave
netta1234 Plus
3 291 2 Wales
23 Mar 2013 2:39PM
A great and wet image with lovely detailSmile
NettaSmile
23 Mar 2013 2:46PM
I could do some fur on a day like today! Sad A super capture and pose of this seal, Trev - interesting write-up, too Smile
Trev Smile
Lillian Plus
6 21 16 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2013 2:54PM
A well captured shot Trev
Lillian
ali63 Plus
4 733 1 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2013 6:31PM
Well capture,

Ali
tomcat Plus
10 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2013 6:47PM
Love that eye

Adrian
Tish1 Plus
3 16 1 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2013 5:28PM
He is sweet, I go all gooey when it comes to animals; this is a great image.

Tish

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