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Found expired on beach
41 inches long.

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Guadalupe Fur Seal - Photo (c) BJ Stacey, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
kfsaylor's ID: Guadalupe Fur Seal (Arctocephalus townsendi)
Posted by kfsaylor about 1 year ago (Flag)
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wow cool! Are you sure its not a northern fur seal or a sea lion?

Posted by loarie 6 months ago (Flag)
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Guadalupe Fur Seal - Photo (c) BJ Stacey, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
rescuemama's ID: Guadalupe Fur Seal (Arctocephalus townsendi)

This is a Guadalupe fur seal. Northern fur seals have a short-stubby face and an abrupt line at the wrist of the front flipper where the fur stops. Since 2008 (ish), Guadalupes have been present in Oregon and Washington in small numbers. Guadalupes have a longer, more pointed muzzle and fur past the bend of the wrist. This animal is wet so it is hard to see the presence of fur on the front flippers.

Posted by rescuemama 5 months ago (Flag)
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awesome - thanks Sue! Is it unusual to find these fur seals so far north?

Posted by loarie 5 months ago (Flag)
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They are regular visitors here, usually in small numbers during normal years. We see mostly young-of-the-year. All of the GFSs we see are born in Mexico. Since they are pelagic, it's quite possible that they are here in larger numbers and we just don't see them very often, or we assume they are northerns. The last two years we have had much higher numbers, prompting an Unusual Mortality Event investigation, which is still in open. Their population is quite robust and it could just be that they are experiencing enough growth to expand to their historic habitat, which is Mexico, California, Washington and Oregon. If they start appearing again in the same numbers as the last two years, we should expect to see them beginning in March, with the peak being the spring months.

Posted by rescuemama 5 months ago (Flag)
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Guadalupe Fur Seal - Photo (c) BJ Stacey, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
kfsaylor's ID: Guadalupe Fur Seal (Arctocephalus townsendi)
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Guadalupe Fur Seal - Photo (c) BJ Stacey, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
Community ID: Guadalupe Fur Seal (Arctocephalus townsendi)
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