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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


total photos: 127

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Spoiled fur seals Pasha
Spoiled fur seals Pasha

Elegant fur seals underwater
Elegant fur seals underwater

Tame South African Fur Seal
Tame South African Fur Seal

Fur seal on the jump in the water
Fur seal on the jump in the water

Jumping fur seal
Jumping fur seal

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

Fur seals play in the surf
Fur seals play in the surf

Attentive fur seals
Attentive fur seals

Fur seals in heavy swell
Fur seals in heavy swell

Fur seal on the lookout
Fur seal on the lookout

South African Fur Seal approaching underwater
South African Fur Seal approaching underwater

Fur Seal on colorful overgrown rock
Fur Seal on colorful overgrown rock

Fur Seal is checking the situation
Fur Seal is checking the situation

Fur seal on the way into the sea
Fur seal on the way into the sea

Curious South African fur seal underwater
Curious South African fur seal underwater

Fur Seal in the surf
Fur Seal in the surf

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

South African fur seals in their element
South African fur 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

Jumping fur seal in the swell
Jumping fur seal in the swell

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

Seals in the surf
Seals in the surf

A playful South African fur seal
A playful South African fur seal

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

Seals in the surf
Seals in the surf

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

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

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