fur seal

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fur seal

n.
Any of several seals of the genera Callorhinus and Arctocephalus, having thick fur and external ears. Fur seals were heavily hunted for their pelts, but most species are now protected.

fur seal

n
(Animals) any of various eared seals, esp of the genus Arctocephalus, that have a fine dense underfur and are hunted as a source of sealskin

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n.
any of several eared seals having a valuable plush underfur. Compare hair seal.
[1765–75]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fur seal - an eared seal of the northern Pacificfur seal - an eared seal of the northern Pacific
eared seal - pinniped mammal having external ear flaps and hind limbs used for locomotion on land; valued for its soft underfur
Alaska fur seal, Callorhinus ursinus - of Pacific coast from Alaska southward to California
2.fur seal - eared seal of the southern hemisphere; the thick soft underfur is the source of sealskin; "the male fur seal is much larger than the female"
eared seal - pinniped mammal having external ear flaps and hind limbs used for locomotion on land; valued for its soft underfur
Arctocephalus philippi, guadalupe fur seal - a fur seal of the Pacific coast of California and southward
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References in classic literature ?
Sea Catch was fifteen years old, a huge gray fur seal with almost a mane on his shoulders, and long, wicked dog teeth.
The tiny shrimp-like creatures are one of the most important in the Antarctic food web, eaten by species ranging from blue whales to Adelie, emperor and king penguins, elephant and fur seals and albatrosses.
During this relief voyage, various scientific research projects were undertaken; this includes oceanographic sampling to determine amongst others the health of the ocean, an in-depth study of the Southern Ocean fur seals, Conserving Albatrosses and Petrels, as well as Atmospheric and ocean surface research.
Ruthin-born photographer Dan Callister has recently become fascinated with Seal Island in South Africa, which is home to about 64,000 Cape Fur seals which attracts the predator made famous in the 1975 film Jaws.
According to Dan, Seal Island, off the country's northern beaches, is home to about 64,000 Cape Fur Seals, which in turn attract their main predator at this time of year because of the population of younger seals.
James Cook's description of fur seals on South Georgia and his 1775 survey of the island which very accurately located it, were published in 1777 (Cook 1777, 2:245) (Fig.
Sightings were clearly dominated by South American fur seals (Arctocephalus australis) (75.
Fur seals are larger than normal seals, and can walk or even run on their flippers.
As of Friday, the Marine Mammal Center near Sausalito had taken in 85 northern fur seals, which live out in the Pacific Ocean's waters and islands and would only rarely be found on shore, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported Saturday.
Shark (Thursday, BBC1) ventured below the waves to examine the deadly ocean predators' behaviour, starting off with their hunting methods, from blacktip sharks gathering in huge packs and herding fish into baitballs, to, of course, the great white stalking fur seals off the coast of South Africa.
First we saw disturbing pictures of male fur seals pinning down penguins trying to mate with them.
Scientists say that fur seals in the Antarctic are having sex with the penguins.