Freddie - Cape Fur Seal - Arctocephalus pusillus

Freddie is a Cape Fur Seal, a species that lives in very large colonies along the coasts of Southern Africa. It is the largest species of fur seal in the world (up to 2.3 m in length and 300 kg in weight).

They are brown coloured, with long whiskers and external ear flaps. With there strong hind flippers they can move very quickly over land. There fore flippers are used to move around under the water and are strong enough for acrobatic jumps and leaps out of the water.


Cape Fur Seals hunt for fish and squid at sea, and haul out and breed on rocky islands and beaches. They can dive more than 200 m deep and dives take several minutes. At sea their main predator includes Great White Sharks and Killer Whales. On land Black-backed Jackals and Brown Hyenas predate on Cape Fur Seals, in particular on young animals. 

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