Cutest and Smallest of the Eared Seals

Fur seal is the common name given to nine distinct species of pinnipeds belonging to the Arctocephalinae subfamily of eared seals. The northern fur seal, the only species found in the northern hemisphere, occurs in the North Pacific, is the largest of the fur seals, and was nearly hunted to extinction in the 19th century. They have now greatly rebounded to 1.3 million individuals. The rest of the fur seals are found in the southern hemisphere, all much smaller than their northern cousins, and live in small colonies in Mexico, South America, Africa, and Australia.


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