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Guadalupe Fur Seal Pictures

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

 Guadalupe Fur Seal Picture
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ID# GFS-017
Guadalupe Fur Seal
species: Arctocephalus townsendi
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 Guadalupe Fur Seal

A Guadalupe Fur Seal leaps into the ocean off Guadalupe Island Mexico. Prior to the 1800's the Guadalupe Fur Seal was widely distributed along the west coast of Baja Mexico and California. By the late 1800's to early 1900's they were believed extinct due to the hunting practices of commercial sealers of the time. In fact, their numbers had been reduced to likely a few dozen at most but this small number had survived.

Due to the protections provided by Mexico and the Marine Mammal Protection Act, it is believed their numbers have now topped something over ten thousand. Although there are reported sightings along the Baja coast and even as far north as the Channel Islands, really the only places to see this rarest of the fur seals is along the shoreline of Guadalupe and San Benitos Islands off Mexico. I have had the opportunity to visit both these remote islands several times over the years and its always a special opportunity to see these resilient animals.

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