Weekly Photo Challenge: Close Up


From Santiago.

The Galápagos fur seal (Arctocephalus galapagoensis) is one of two pinniped species native to the islands.  But unlike the Galápagos sea lion, which is plentiful on the islands today, the fur seal was hunted extensively by the sailors that came to the islands and are still a rare sight today.  They are currently listed as Endangered.

Fur seals are not true seals, but are instead placed in the family Otariidae (eared seals) with sea lions and walruses.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Close Up

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