Unusual seals

Gold bull fur seal Gold Harbour (South Georgia Island)
Gold bull fur seal (Photo: Fiona Scott)

Seals with non-standard fur, such as the fur seal in the photo, are relatively rare.

It is not known whether colour patterns like this are genetic (i.e. if these seals were to breed, would their offspring be similarly coloured). It is also not clear whether abnormal colouring affects the seals breeding success.

Depending on their colouring, some of these seals may not survive for long, as they may be relatively conspicuous to their predators.

This page was last modified on 12 August 2010.