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!
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