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Male blonde fur seal

Male blonde fur seal

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BRITISH ANTARCTIC SURVEY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY BRITISH ANTARCTIC SURVEY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Antarctic fur seal (Arctocephalus gazella) blonde male (bull). A blonde or white seal lacks pigment in the outer guard hairs of its fur coat. It is not a true albino though, as the eyes and skin are still pigmented. A normal fur seal is at left. The male is 1-2 metres in length and 60-120 kilograms in weight. It also has a mane of shoulder fur. Some males stay near to shore all year round, feeding mostly on krill in shallow waters around subantarctic islands. During the breeding season, males compete for a territory and a harem of 4-5 females. Photographed on Bird Island, South Georgia, southern Atlantic Ocean.

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