Galapagos Fur Seal

The Galapagos Fur Seal is the world’s smallest seal and is endangered due to being victims of severe hunting by “sealers” in the 19th century and a slow reproductive rate.  These seals are about 4 feet 11 inches and weighing only 130 pounds.  They were hunted because of their thick, furry coats and became endangered quickly because the females only produce one pup at a time.  The fur seal pups take a longer time to become independent compared to other similar species.  These seals prefer to hunt at night after sunset and sometimes allow visitors to swim them!