La Terre des Origines
Introducing fur seals
Related species are found throughout the world where they have colonised coasts in tropical regions such as Galapagos, Southern California, Argentina, Japan and the Seychelles.
Each male maintains a harem of 5 to 20 females. They also weigh considerably more at 300 kg, which corresponds to the weight of 4 females.
The first seals appeared approximately 25 million years ago on our planet. Late in the 19th century the alarm bells started ringing as their numbers became frighteningly low because the silky fur beneath the outer coat was a particularly coveted trophy.
The body shape and 4 limbs in the shape of fins are used for moving through the water, similar to a flying motion. The rear flippers are used to propel them forward at incredible speeds, while the front limbs are used to move navigate through the water as gracefully as a water ballerina. By waddling they are also perfectly capable of moving over dry land. Their faces are flawless underwater and their diving abilities unchallenged. When a seal dives underwater its heartbeat progressively slows to half its normal pace. Their blood circulation also slows down by stopping oxygen from reaching certain organs (kidneys). A seal can easily stay underwater for up to 20 minutes, which is just enough time to outwit a few fish.
Mamba, the male of the group, was born in the Augsburg Zoo in 2005, which means that he is not fully grown yet and he still needs to gain 100 kg to reach full maturity.
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