South American Fur Seal

Posted by Mervyn 26/02/2018 0 Comment(s)

'DID YOU KNOW THAT' the South American Fur Seal breeds on the coasts of Chile, Peru, also Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. They spend their time both on shore and in the ocean. Breeding periods are spent on the shores of Peru, Argentina, Uruguay and the Falkland islands. When they are not in their breeding season, they are usually in the ocean. When on land, they prefer rocky areas to shield them from the sun. On average, adult males measure up to 2 m ( 78.75 in) long and weigh 150–200 kg (331 lb) and females measure up to 1.5 m (59 in) long and weigh 30–60 kg (66.14 - 132.28 lb). Newborns are 60 to 65 cm (23.65 - 25.55 in) and 3.5 to 5.5 kg (7.71 - 12.13 lb). They are known to feed on anchovies, shrimp, lobster, squid and krill. Location plays a role in the primary diet of these seals. In Peru and Uruguay the seals feed on anchovies. The seals living closer to Brazil shores hunt for shrimp. South American fur seals in Chile tend to hunt for krill, specifically lobster krill.

 

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