Antarctic Fur Seal

Antarctic Fur Seal
Photographer: Per-Gunnar Ostby of

Antarctic Fur Seal
Photographer: Per-Gunnar Ostby of

Antarctic Fur Seal Range Map
Antarctic Fur Seal Range Map
(Antarctic & Subantarctic Waters)
Latin Name Arctocephalus gazella
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location Antarctic & Subantarctic Waters
Colour Grey/Brown
Length 1.2 - 2 m (3.9 - 6.6 ft)
Weight 25 - 210 Kgs (55 - 463 lbs)
Life Expectancy

20 Yrs

Main Characteristics

Antarctic Fur Seals have a body length between 1.2 and 2 m (3.9 - 6.6 ft) and they weigh between 25 and 210 kgs (55 - 463 lbs). As pups, they are black, but as they mature they develop a grey/brown colouration and females usually have a lighter coloured chest.


Antarctic Fur Seals can be found in the Antarctic and subantarctic waters.


Antarctic Fur Seals mainly feed on krill, but they will also eat fish and squid. They usually feed at night at depths of 30 - 40 m (98 - 131 ft) but they have been known to dive as deep as 250 m (820 ft).


Antarctic Fur Seals have a gestation period of 12 months, which includes a period of delayed implantation, and they give birth to a single pup. The pup is weaned at 4 months old and they reach sexual maturity at 3 - 4 years old.


Killers Whales are predators of Antarctic Fur Seals and leopard seals will prey upon their pups.


Antarctic Fur Seals have no subspecies

Interesting Facts

Antarctic Fur Seals are also known as:
Kerguelen Fur Seal

Similar Animals

South American Fur Seal
Subantarctic Fur Seal
New Zealand Fur Seal
Cape Fur Seal
Galapagos Fur Seal
Guadalupe Fur Seal
Juan Fernandez Fur Seal
Northern Fur Seal


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