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Photos of the South African fur seal (Arctocephalus pusillus) on Geyser rock/South Africa and of playing seals in the surf and under water.

On the rocky island called Geyser Rock, in the immediate vicinity of Dyer Island, lives a seal colony of approximately 60,000 animals. As long as the South African Fur Seals (Arctocephalus pusillus) stay ashore and in the shallow water in the immediate vicinity of the island there is no danger for them. But if they start for their fishing hauls on the open sea – they dive 40 to 50 metres deep and are able to stay under water for up to five minutes – while swimming out and at their return, they have to cross a dangerous area which is tough for them. White Sharks lurk here. Seals are especially valuable for them. The danger is not over until the seals are back ashore. The high concentration of Great White Sharks is due to the seal colony. Approximately 60 Hawaiian Monk Seals (Monachus schauinslandi) live on the Midway Atoll. These animals – they live in the north-west of the atoll on remote and uninhabitated islands – are only found here, and in no other place in the world. The seals reach a length of two metres and a weight of between 200 and 300 kilograms. They feed on reef fish,octopusses and lobsters,which they find in the shallow water. But they are also able to hunt for their food in the open sea.

The Monk Seals are extremely sensitive against human influence of any kind and are

threatened by extinction.

There are three species of Monk Seals:

- Hawaiian Monk Seal (Monachus schauinslandi, estimated population approx. 1,000 animals)

- Caribbean Monk Seal (Monachus tropicalis, presumably extinct)

- Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus, estimated population approx. 300 to 400 animals).


Arctocephalus pusillus
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species


Seals in the surf
Seals in the surf

Seals in the surf
Seals in the surf

South African Fur Seal looks to me
South African Fur Seal looks to me

Seals in the surf
Seals in the surf

Seals in the surf
Seals in the surf

South African fur seal checks the location
South African fur seal checks the location

South African fur seal swims to me
South African fur seal swims to me

Seals in the surf
Seals in the surf

Seals in the surf
Seals in the surf

Seals in the surf
Seals in the surf

Fur Seal on Geyser Rock
Fur Seal on Geyser Rock

South African Fur Seal comes closer
South African Fur Seal comes closer

Fur Seal on Geyser Rock
Fur Seal on Geyser Rock

Seals in the surf
Seals in the surf

Seal in the surf
Seal in the surf

African Fur Seals (Arctocephalus pusillus)
African Fur Seals (Arctocephalus pusillus)

Fur Seal in the surf
Fur Seal in the surf

Fur seal lifts its head over water
Fur seal lifts its head over water

Seals in their element
Seals in their element

Seals like a strong swell
Seals like a strong swell

South African Fur Seal quite close
South African Fur Seal quite close

Seals in the surf
Seals in the surf

Fur Seals are happy about the swells
Fur Seals are happy about the swells

Seals in the surf
Seals in the surf

South African Fur Seal (Arctocephalus pusillus)
South African Fur Seal (Arctocephalus pusillus)

A Great White Shark attacked this South African Fur Seal
A Great White Shark attacked this South African Fur Seal

South African Fur Seal attacked of a Great White Shark
South African Fur Seal attacked of a Great White Shark

Seals in the surf
Seals in the surf

A Great White Shark attacked this South African Fur Seal
A Great White Shark attacked this South African Fur Seal

Action in the realm of fur seals
Action in the realm of fur seals

A great white shark has seriously injured a fur seal
A great white shark has seriously injured a fur seal

Seals in the surf
Seals in the surf

Fur Seals on Geyser Rock
Fur Seals on Geyser Rock

Fur just below the water surface
Fur just below the water surface

Gyser Rock-Island full of fur seals
Gyser Rock-Island full of fur seals

Fur seal approaching frontal
Fur seal approaching frontal

Fur seals are elegant swimmers
Fur seals are elegant swimmers

Fur Seals in heavy ground swell
Fur Seals in heavy ground swell

Fur seals in the surf zone
Fur seals in the surf zone

South African Fur Seals (Arctocephalus pusillus)
South African Fur Seals (Arctocephalus pusillus)

Fur seals undewater
Fur seals undewater

Fur Seals tightly over the seabed
Fur Seals tightly over the seabed

South African Fur Seals over rocky terrain
South African Fur Seals over rocky terrain

Fur Seals in the ground swell
Fur Seals in the ground swell

South African Fur Seals underwater
South African Fur Seals underwater

South African fur seals underwater
South African fur seals underwater

Seals in the kelp
Seals in the kelp

Seals underwater
Seals underwater

Seals in the surf
Seals in the surf

South African Fur Seals
South African Fur Seals

Neopren seal decoy
Neopren seal decoy

Neopren seal decoy
Neopren seal decoy

Fur Seal on Geyser Rock
Fur Seal on Geyser Rock

Fur Seal on Geyser Rock
Fur Seal on Geyser Rock

Fur Seal on Geyser Rock
Fur Seal on Geyser Rock

Fur Seal on Geyser Rock
Fur Seal on Geyser Rock

Fur Seal on Geyser Rock
Fur Seal on Geyser Rock

Fur Seal on Geyser Rock
Fur Seal on Geyser Rock

Fur Seal on Geyser Rock
Fur Seal on Geyser Rock

Fur Seal on Geyser Rock
Fur Seal on Geyser Rock

Fur Seal on Geyser Rock
Fur Seal on Geyser Rock

Fur Seal on Geyser Rock
Fur Seal on Geyser Rock

Fur Seal on Geyser Rock
Fur Seal on Geyser Rock

Fur Seal on Geyser Rock
Fur Seal on Geyser Rock

Fur Seal on Geyser Rock
Fur Seal on Geyser Rock

Fur Seal on Geyser Rock
Fur Seal on Geyser Rock

Fur Seal on Geyser Rock
Fur Seal on Geyser Rock

Fur Seal on Geyser Rock
Fur Seal on Geyser Rock

South African Fur Seal portrait
South African Fur Seal portrait

Seals in the surf
Seals in the surf

Seals in the surf
Seals in the surf

Fur Seals on Geyser Rock
Fur Seals on Geyser Rock

Fur Seals on Geyser Rock
Fur Seals on Geyser Rock

Fur Seals on Geyser Rock
Fur Seals on Geyser Rock

Fur Seals on Geyser Rock
Fur Seals on Geyser Rock

Fur Seals on Geyser Rock
Fur Seals on Geyser Rock

Fur Seals on Geyser Rock
Fur Seals on Geyser Rock

Fur Seals on Geyser Rock
Fur Seals on Geyser Rock

Fur Seals on Geyser Rock
Fur Seals on Geyser Rock

Fur Seals on Geyser Rock
Fur Seals on Geyser Rock

Fur Seals on Geyser Rock
Fur Seals on Geyser Rock

Fur Seals on Geyser Rock
Fur Seals on Geyser Rock

Fur Seals on Geyser Rock
Fur Seals on Geyser Rock

Fur Seals on Geyser Rock
Fur Seals on Geyser Rock

Fur Seals on Geyser Rock
Fur Seals on Geyser Rock

Fur Seals on Geyser Rock
Fur Seals on Geyser Rock

Fur Seals on Geyser Rock
Fur Seals on Geyser Rock

Fur Seals on Geyser Rock
Fur Seals on Geyser Rock

Fur Seals on Geyser Rock
Fur Seals on Geyser Rock

Fur Seals on Geyser Rock
Fur Seals on Geyser Rock

Fur Seals on Geyser Rock
Fur Seals on Geyser Rock

Fur Seals on Geyser Rock
Fur Seals on Geyser Rock

Fur Seals on Geyser Rock
Fur Seals on Geyser Rock

Seals in the surf
Seals in the surf

Seals in the surf
Seals in the surf

Seals in the surf
Seals in the surf

Fur Seals in the surf
Fur Seals in the surf

Fur Seals in the surf
Fur Seals in the surf

Seals in the surf
Seals in the surf

Seals in the surf
Seals in the surf

Seals in the surf
Seals in the surf

Seals in the surf
Seals in the surf

Seals in the surf
Seals in the surf

Seals in the surf
Seals in the surf

Seals in the surf
Seals in the surf

Seals in the surf
Seals in the surf

Seals in the surf
Seals in the surf

Seals in the surf
Seals in the surf

Seals in the surf
Seals in the surf

South African Fur Seal in heavy ground swell
South African Fur Seal in heavy ground swell

South African Fur Seal portrait
South African Fur Seal portrait

South African Fur Seal portrait
South African Fur Seal portrait

South African Fur Seal portrait
South African Fur Seal portrait

South African Fur Seal (South African fur seal)
South African Fur Seal (South African fur seal)

South African Fur Seal
South African Fur Seal

South African Fur Seals on Geyser Rock
South African Fur Seals on Geyser Rock

South African Fur Seals
South African Fur Seals

South African Fur Seals
South African Fur Seals

Seals in the surf
Seals in the surf

South African Fur Seals
South African Fur Seals

Seals in the surf
Seals in the surf

South African Fur Seals in the underwater surf
South African Fur Seals in the underwater surf

Seals underwater
Seals underwater

South African Fur Seals underwater
South African Fur Seals underwater

Fur Seals in front of Geyser Rock
Fur Seals in front of Geyser Rock

South African Fur Seals
South African Fur Seals

South African Fur Seals (Arctocephalus pusillus)
South African Fur Seals (Arctocephalus pusillus)









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