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Sub-antarctic Fur Seal Female Skull Replica Measures 6.9 inches or 18cm. The Sub-antarctic Fur Seal Female Skull Replica is Museum quality Polyurethane cast. Made in USA. The Sub-antarctic Fur Seal is found in the southern parts of the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic Oceans. The sub-antarctic fur seal is medium in size compared with other fur seals. Both sexes have distinctive, creamy-orange chests and faces. Their bellies are more brownish. Males have a dark grey to black back. The females are lighter grey. Pups are black at birth, but molt at about 3 months old. The snout is short and flat. The flippers are short and broad. Sub-antarctic fur seals live for about 20–25 years. Sub-antarctic fur seals hunt in shallow waters at night, when small fish come close to the surface. They also feed on squid. Their scientific name is Arctocephalus tropicalis. UC Santa Cruz specimen.
Subantarctic fur seals are geographically widespread. As their name implies, they generally breed in more northerly locations than the Antarctic fur seals. The largest breeding colonies are on Gough Island in the South Atlantic and Île Amsterdam in the southern part of the Indian Ocean. Breeding grounds are also found at Marion Island in the Prince Edward Islands (where an overlap with Antarctic fur seals occurs), the Crozet Islands, and Macquarie Island. Where grounds overlap, the subantarctic species can be identified by the orange colour on the chest.
About 300,000 of the species alive today, probably substantially down from when they were first discovered in 1810, as they were hunted for their pelts throughout the 19th century. Populations are recovering rapidly, though, in most areas whilst under the protection of the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Seals.
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