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Cape Fur Seal
(Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus)
This pup was born at the largest mainland Cape Fur Seal breeding colony in the world: Cape Cross in Namibia.
The Cape Fur Seal is only found on the coastline of Southern Africa and is one of two subspecies of the Brown Fur Seal. The other subspecies, the Australian Fur Seal, is only found on the southern coast of Australia.
Visiting the Cape Fur Seal Reserve at Cape Cross is an amazing experience. (My first visit inspired me to write the short story Cape Curse.) We were surrounded by fur seals in every direction. But it was tinged with sadness when I learned of the horrifying practice of “culling” baby seals for use in the fur industry, and the slaughter of adult bulls to use their genitalia in traditional eastern medicine (source SeaShepherd.org)