Australian Fur Seal.
Arctocephalus pusillus (pue-sil'-us : "weak bear-head")
The Australian Fur Seal is largely confined to Bass Strait. They are excellent swimmers and descend to considerable depths is search of fish, small squid and rock lobster.
Breeding occurs in November and December and a single pup is reared and stay with the mother for about 11 months before being weaned. Male Fur Seals are much larger and bulkier than their female counterparts.
Aggressive displays take places on land as the male fur seals become intensely territorial when breeding. Males put on ritual shows of strength and force by stretching to their full height, pushing and shoving each other and roaring threats which sometimes lead to bloody combat.
A males reign over his territory usually only lasts a few years, as defending his territory is an exhausting activity during which he doesn't eat for several weeks.
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