New Zealand Fur Seal
The New Zealand Fur Seal (Arctocephalus forsteri) has external ears and hind flippers that rotate forward which makes them visibly different from other seals. They were widely hunted for thier skin and oil driving populations below 10% of their original numbers but the species is now protected under the EPBC Act 1999. There has also been a history of conflict between these seals and commercial fisheries with the seals becoming entangled in nets. They are most numerous as the name suggests in New Zealand and are also common on rocky coasts of Southern Australia. They eat squid, fish and birds, Males are much bigger (160kg) than females (40kg). pups are born in summer.
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Grows up to 2.6 metres. Dark grey to dark brown, with yellow to buff colouring on front flanks and streaks of light grey on rear flanks and tail. Widespread in SA, playful and active
White-bellied Sea Eagle
The Hooded Plover only lives on beaches that are backed by sand dunes. They lay their eggs in shallow holes during spring-summer, when most people enjoy going to the beach! This creates huge problems for the Hooded Plover, as their eggs (only about the size of a 20c piece) can easily be crushed by people accidentally stepping on them, and the young and recently hatched bird are easily frightened by human activity, so they go into hiding preventing them from finding food and or being with their mothers, which can severely endanger their lives.
“Because beach-nesting birds have such poor breeding success, their numbers are declining and it won’t be long before they become extinct. They are in desperate need of a helping hand”
For more information and easy ways to help protect beach-nesting bird species visit: birdlife.org.au/projects/beach-nesting-birds/for-beach-users