Story: Seals

Fur seal

Fur seal

Fur seals are ‘eared’ (otariid) seals, named for their external earflaps. The ‘earless’ (phocid) seals do have inner ears, but not earflaps. New Zealand fur seals tend to use rocky shores with shady nooks and crannies where they can hide and keep cool. They are surprisingly agile at climbing up and leaping from large rocks.

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Lloyd Spencer Davis, 'Seals - New Zealand fur seal', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 May 2024)

Story by Lloyd Spencer Davis, published 12 Jun 2006