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Australian Fur Seals are built to survive the cold waters off south-east Australia.
They have soft insulating fur that traps air next to their skin as well as a thick layer of fat for energy and warmth
Males (Bulls) can weigh up to 360 kg and females (Cows) up to 110 kg.
Bulls establish and protect a patch of coast from rivals so as to breed with the most females. They pile on the weight during winter and spring and then live off their fat reserves as they protect their patch of rock all summer.
Fur Seal’s inquisitiveness can get them into tangles. Entanglement in debris discarded by us is by far their largest threat.
Despite being some of the best swimmers in the world, when flippers, necks and heads get tied up in old nets and fishing lines seals find themselves in serious trouble.
It is estimated that discarded plastic kills up to 1 million sea birds, 100,000 sea mammals and countless fish each year.
Plastics persist in the environment for hundreds of years.
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