fur seal


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Related to fur seal: Southern Fur Seal, Northern Fur Seal

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]
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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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Sea Catch was fifteen years old, a huge gray fur seal with almost a mane on his shoulders, and long, wicked dog teeth.
The government was managing the fur seal harvest out there, that was the main industry back in the 1800s.
The first commercial hunting of seals in the South Atlantic is said to have occurred in 1515, with the delivery to Seville of fur seal skins gathered in Uruguay.
IT might be only a baby, but this curious fur seal pup has already mastered the skill of diving.
Intensive fishing has not forced dietary change in the South American fur seal Arctophoca (= Arctocephalus) australis off Rio de la Plata and adjoining areas.
He was bitten by what is thought to have been a fur seal at Salisbury Plain Beach.
The man was attacked by a fur seal on South Georgia and an RAF helicopter was scrambled from the Falkland Islands.
He is said to be in a serious condition with a major injury to his arm after being bitten by what is believed to have been a fur seal, which can weigh up to 700lbs.
Unhealthy northern fur seal pups have been found stranded on beaches in record numbers, newly weaned and weighing little more than the typical birth weight for the species, experts at the Marine Mammal Center near Sausalito said.
A journey begins with a cloud of green plankton and travels up the food chain through many marine creatures, visiting and rejecting the seahorse, krill, a petrel (a bird who dives in the ocean), a squid, blue cod, swordfish, a long tail ray, yellow-eyed penguins, barracuda, Hector's dolphin, the brown fur seal, a great white shark, and even a sperm whale.
Pointing to successes in increasing the populations of the long critically endangered Iberian Lynx and Guadalupe Fur Seal, she insisted "effective conservation can yield outstanding results.
The horrific incident of the decapitated endangered NZ seals prompted a thorough investigation by authorities as New Zealand's penalty for killing a fur seal is two years jail term or a $100,000 fine.