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TONY CAMACHO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY TONY CAMACHO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Cape fur seal (Arctocephalus pusillus) walking on a beach. This form of locomotion is referred to as galumphing or hobbling. Unlike true seals, fur seals can rotate their hind flippers forwards and use them as legs. Even though this mode of locomotion is not very efficient, it is faster than the belly-hopping of the true seals. These seals, also called South African fur seals, form large colonies on coasts during the breeding season. The males have territories that include dozens of females, with whom the male mates. Males are much larger than females, reaching over two metres in length and weighing up to 350 kilograms. Females reach around 1.7 metres in length and weigh up to 120 kilograms. Males also have a prominent mane around their necks. The Cape fur seal feeds mainly on fish and squid, and is found around the coasts of south-western Africa and southern Australia. Filmed at Cape Cross, Namibia.
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