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New Zealand Fur-seal - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Arctocephalus forsteri
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 24 May 2002
Profile last updated: 31 Mar 2023


Grows to a maximum length of approximately 200cm. Grey-brown coat which is paler underneath. Adult males generally have a relatively long pointed nose with a conspicuous black tip. Head is concave shape, which distinguishes it from the Australian Fur-seal which has a more triangular shaped head.


Occurs in Australia and New Zealand. Reports of non-breeding animals along southern NSW coast particularly on Montague Island, but also at other isolated locations to north of Sydney.

Habitat and ecology

  • Prefers rocky parts of islands with jumbled terrain and boulders.
  • Feeds principally on cephalopods and fish, but also seabirds and occasionally penguins.

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