Northern Fur Seal

Northern fur seals on a beach.

About The Species

Northern fur seals are members of the "eared seal" family. They have a stocky body, small head, and a very short snout. They can spend extremely long periods in the open ocean—nearly 2 years—before returning to their breeding colonies. Northern fur seals primarily use open ocean for foraging and rocky beaches for reproduction.

Northern fur seals, like all marine mammals, are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The Pribilof Island/Eastern Pacific stock of northern fur seals are listed as depleted under the MMPA. 

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

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MMPA Protected

throughout its range

MMPA Depleted

in 1 stock

  • Pribilof Island/Eastern Pacific stock

Scientific Classification