New Zealand Fur Seal

Last Modified: 5-7-2017 10:58

Fur seals basking on a rock in the Marlborough Sounds
Fur seals basking on a rock in the Marlborough Sounds

Once hunted to near extinction for their meat and skins, first by Māori, later by European sealers, NZ fur seal numbers have recovered, and are common around the Marlborough coastline. A breeding colony on the Kaikoura coast is a popular tourist attraction, although damage to State Highway One following the November 2016 magnitude 7.8 earthquake has limited access. Fur seals can also be seen at Cape Campbell and in the Marlborough Sounds among other places in Marlborough.

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