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Arctocephalus townsendi

The Guadalupe fur seal (Arctocephalus townsendi) is one of six members of the fur seal genus Arctocephalus. Hunting reduced the population to just a few dozen by the late 19th century, but the species recovered to a population of 10,000 by the late 1990s. Many individuals live on Mexico‘s Guadalupe Island.

Guadalupe fur seals are sexually dimorphic in size, with the males being much larger than females. Individuals of both sexes are dark brown or dusky black, with guard hairs on the back of the neck being yellowish or light tan. Pups are born with a black coat similar to that of adults. Notably, these seals are one of the few with visible earflaps, confirming it is not a Phocidaen, or true seal.

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