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New Zealand Fur Seal
Arctocephalus forsteri

Despite its name, this fur seal is commonly found along some southern Australian coasts - it was first described in New Zealand. Fur seals differ from the true seals in that they have external ears and separate hind flippers. They spend a fair amount of time out of the water sunbathing and can also be seen in the water adopting their 'jughandle' pose (photo 2), which helps them to thermoregulate by cooling blood through their flippers. Males weigh more than double that of females at 120-180 kg (35-50 kg for females) and are correspondingly larger at 1.6-2.2 m (1.0-1.5 m for females).
 

New Zealand Fur Seal

New Zealand Fur Seal

1-2: Rottnest Island, WA, 03/12/2011.