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New Zealand Fur seal. | by Bernard Spragg
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New Zealand Fur seal.

Population: about 200,000, half of which are in Australia.

Threat status: least concern (population trend: increasing).

Found on: rocky shores throughout mainland New Zealand, the Chatham Islands, and the Subantarctic islands, as well as parts of Australia.


New Zealand fur seal/kekeno are the most common seals in New Zealand waters.

They are very good swimmers and weaned pups will sometimes travel great distances. A fur seal pup tagged on the South Island's West Coast has even been recorded in Australia!

On land they sometimes become disoriented and have been found in unusual places such as back-yards, drains and streets!


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Taken on June 24, 2014