Eared Seals

Otariidae

Seals come to shore to bask, sleep, mate and give birth, and appear somewhat cumbersome when on land, but they are truly at home in the water and superbly adapted for their semi-aquatic life.

Long-nosed Fur-seal

Long-nosed Fur-seal

What does it look like? The Long-nosed Fur-seal is thickset with a long, narrow, pointed snout. Brown to blackish-grey, flecked with silvery-white, paler on chest and flanks, and snout light greyish or brownish with long, pale grey whiskers. Male has longer fur (mane) on neck, heavily streaked with silvery-grey. Where is it found? Southern coast and islands from south-western WA to southern...
Australian Fur-seal

Australian Fur-seal

What does it look like? Australian Fur-seal adult males are much larger than females and young males, grey-brown (darker with age), with long silvery mane of coarse hair on neck and shoulders. Females more slender, silvery-grey above and brownish below, becoming more yellowish on chest and throat. Where is it found? Coast and islands along southern Australia, and oceans bounded by continental...
Australian Sea-lion

Australian Sea-lion

What does it look like? The Australian Sea-lion adult male is larger than the female, with thickened neck and chest. Coat (pelage) brown to blackish (becoming darker with age), and paler whitish-brown on head and nape. Adult female and young male silvery-grey above and yellowish-cream below. Rear flippers move independently. Snout blunt. Where is it found? Southern Australia, breeding on about...