Australian Fur Seal

Scientific name: Arctocephalus pusillus doriferus

Large eyes, a pointed snout with plenty of whiskers, agile yet slightly rotund, clearly you’re in the presence of one Sydney’s most spectacular and playful sea mammals, the Australian fur seal.

Also known as the brown fur seal, the cape fur seal and the South African fur seal, this species of fur seal has successfully adapted to the encroachment of human civilisation – so much so, that they are found in abundance near Sydney and can be enjoyed year round on a dive with Sydney Dive Charters.

Dive with seals in Sydney!

Seals are a big animal, and yet they’re incredibly agile and powerful. The best way to see them is up close in their natural habitat by joining us on our Sydney Seal Dive!

Top Sydney diving spots

Every day is a good day to dive with Sydney Dive Charters. Whether you’re wanting to dive with Australian fur seals or grey nurse sharks or even to dive wrecks, we take you to Sydney’s best diving spots. Book a scuba dive with us today!

Quick facts on Australian Fur Seals

  • Sydney’s fur seal colony prefer rocky outcrops to lounge on.
  • Some seals have only one layer of fur, but Australian fur seals stay dry underwater thanks to two layers of fur (a dark-haired outer layer and a lighter undercoat of thicker hair.)
  • Seals have ears! They’re less noticeable than on a sea lion, but their small external ear flaps are vis