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December 12, 2008
The Antarctic fur seal inhabits the Antarctic waters and regions of South Georgia Island. While males reach a maximum age of 15 years, females can live for 25. Adults weigh between 198 to 474 lbs. (90 to 215 kg) and grow up to 6.5 feet (2 m) in length. Males are larger than females. Apart from mating, these marine mammals are typically solitary creatures. However, from autumn to early winter, Antarctic fur seals migrate, moving to areas with better food availability. Their diet consists primarily of krill. The Antarctic fur seal is an efficient swimmer and diver, with average dives lasting for up to 4 minutes and reach depths of 98 feet (30 m). Late October through December marks the beginning of breeding season. Males compete for access to harems made up of 20-100 females, which they will then protect. Pups stay at sea until reaching sexual maturity and eventually return to land.