Fur Seals and Sea Lions
by Roger Kirkwood
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Publisher: CSIRO Publishing,
Octavo, paperback, 151 pp., colour and black and white photographs, maps. BRAND NEW. Australian Natural History Series. While charismatic and dog-like in appearance, fur seals and sea lions are also top level predators in southern Australian marine ecosystems. Although all were harvested to near extinction 200 years ago, fur seals are recovering to be common features of near-shore waters across southern Australia. Sea lions, however, are endangered. This book details the comparative evolutionary ecology, biology, life-history, behaviour, conservation status, threats, history of human interactions and latest research on the three species of otariids that live in the waters of southern Australia: the Australian fur seal, New Zealand fur seal and Australian sea lion. It also includes brief descriptions of Antarctic and Subantarctic seals that occupy the Antarctic pack-ice and remote Australian territories of Macquarie Island and Heard Island.