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]
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.
Biased estimates of fur seal pup mass: origins and implications.
Bronze, the South African fur seal, gives keeper Paul Tyson a kiss at the Seaquarium in Rhyl.
The essays describe the harsh conditions endured by the Aleuts who live there first under the Russians, then the Americans; the fur seal industry; the fishing industry; the lives of the islands' inhabitants; and her own life in journalistic, highly engaging prose.
After about 2 years of private commercial sealing, the United States declared the Pribilof Islands a national preserve and the Federal Government assumed management of the fur seal resource in 1870.
Shaughnessy has begun a project with officers from National Parks and Wildlife South Australia to try and learn more about fur seal and sea lion behaviour and movements.
The center, which has cared for as many as 200 animals at a time, is now treating four sick or injured marine mammals - three sea lions and a Northern fur seal.
Diet of the South African fur seal (1974-1985) and an assessment of competition with fisheries in southern Africa.
Great Britain, Russia, and Japan signed the International Fur Seal Treaty, offering a measure of protection.
But he can't have been surprised to find his Cape fur seal prey off the appropriately-named Seal Island near Cape Town.
It is therefore unfortunate that while the rest of the world celebrates the Taiwanese ban as a watershed moment against animal cruelty, we as an organisation find ourselves preparing for yet another year of international protests, demonstrations and consumer boycotts against Namibia for their annual culling of 80 000 Cape Fur seal pups still dependent on their mothers.
Solo, a South African or Cape fur seal, will be the not-so-villainous Mr Smee, right-hand 'man' to the dastardly Captain Hook.