New Zealand fur seal or Kekeno are the most
common seals around the coast of the South Island of New Zealand.
In Australia their common name is Southern Fur SeaL.
Unlike true seals they have visible ears and do not have
a blubber layer so they have fur for warmth.
Time after time they were hunted for their fur.
Protection caused their number to increase just in time.
Now you can see them on a lot of locations on the South Island.

The pups are born in early December. The mother nurses the young
for over 9 months. Time enough to grow big and strong.
Kekeno are very good swimmers and weaned pups will turn up
almost anywhere around New Zealand. A fur seal pup tagged on
the west coast of South Island has even been recorded in Australia.
On land they sometimes become disoriented and have been found
in unusual places such as backyards, drains and streets.



Web Links
New Zealand Fur Seals
Department of Conservation – NZ Fur Seals
Te Ara – NZ Fur Seals

Kekeno - New Zealand Fur Seal
around the Kaikoura Coast - Green TV