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Antarctic Fur Seal   Antarctica

Antarctic Fur Seal

The largest land mammal in Antarctica, seals are the rulers of the continent both in and out of water. The Antarctic fur seal is so named for its scraggly fur, which almost led to its demise. Nearly hunted to extinction in the 18th and 19th centuries, they have since rebounded due to an abundance of krill, their primary food source.

Most fur seals live on and near South Georgia Island, but they roam the waters in search of food. In fact, their habitat here is one of the densest aggregations of mammals in the world. An undeniably cute species of seal, they are now protected by international covenant and are easily spotted. Like most seals in Antarctica, though, no matter how cute they look one should never approach them in the wild.