Guadalupe Fur Seals (Arctocephalus townsendi)

Guadalupe Fur Seals are uniform dark brown to black with adult males considerably longer and larger-bodied than the females.  Females give birth from early June through early July, with a peak in late June.  Guadalupe fur seals are not common along the West Coast of the United States as they are primarily seen at Guadalupe Island, Mexico.  However, their presence along the West Coast has increased and the last several years more and more pups are born on the Channel Islands off of Southern California. Historically (1500-1700 AD), these animals were seen as far North as the Northwest Washington Coast. These animals started showing up in the Pacific Northwest again around 2005 and in 2007 NOAA Fisheries had an unusual mortality event (UME) where 19 animals stranded. 

The current primary threat to the Guadalupe fur seal is entanglement; however commercial sealing did reduce the population to only a few dozen animals by the 1800's.

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