Guadalupe Fur Seal

About The Species

Guadalupe fur seals' breeding grounds are almost entirely on Guadalupe Island, Mexico and their range extends off the coast of California. In the 1700s and 1800s, commercial sealers heavily hunted Guadalupe fur seals to the point where the species was thought to be extinct by the early 1900s. The species is slowly recovering and entangelement remains one of the biggest threats to this species.

The Guadalupe fur seal is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act  and depleted under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

NOAA Fisheries is committed to conserving and protecting the Guadalupe fur seal. Our scientists and partners use a variety of innovative techniques to study, learn more about, and protect this species.

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Status

ESA Threatened

throughout its range

MMPA Depleted

throughout its range

Scientific Classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Otariidae
Genus
Arctocephalus
Species
townsendi