Juan Fernández fur seal

The population was once thought to be extinct until a group of 200 individuals was found on Juan Fernández islands in the 1960s

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Juan Fernández fur seal is the second smallest fur seal, just after the Galápagos fur seal. They have a brown, thick insulating coat that protects them from cold water. This species is classified as an eared seal as they have small, external ear flaps.

They feed on shallow reefs most of the time, but during some parts of the year, they might swim out to cold water currents to feed. They often prey on squids, octopuses, and fish. After they were first discovered in the mid-1500s, their population was decimated by overhunting for their fur. Currently, it is estimated that more than 12,000 animals exist today.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Pacific ocean
2014
Chile
2014
Colombia
2014
Seasonality Uncertain
Peru
2014

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No