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ABOUT THE SEALS

SWIM WITH THE SEALS IN THE JERVIS BAY MARINE PARK

We have two permanent haul-outs, they are here all year. During Peak Season (May to Dec) we will generally try to go to one of the Haul-outs each trip but we cant guarentee this due to sea conditions.

The Australian fur seal is the fourth-rarest seal species in the world. Hunted to near extinction last century, recovery of numbers has been slow, and this species is now wholly protected. These seals are easily recognizable by their thick coats, pointed faces and long whiskers, and their powerful front flippers upon which they can stand. Their hind fins are mainly used for steering when in water, although they can also be turned around and used to walk on land. Females are a variety of colors from soft tan to gray to brown. Underneath the female’s neck, the color is a pale almost yellowish, and her fur at the front is normally brown. These seals have a call which sounds something like a cow mooing (the adults), or a bleating lamb (pups).

Numbers in Jervis Bay: 80 - 200 (Peak numbers May to Oct) 

Life Span: 19 - 21 Years

Weight: 40 to 320kgs

Size: 55cm to 250cm 

2 Haul Outs - Drum and Drumsticks and Elysas Playground

You can book on to either a normal Scuba / Snorkelling boat to go to the Colony from May to December (weather dependent), or alternatively from July to November book onto a Swim with the Whales and Seals to go there to Snorkel.