fur seal


Definition of fur seal

: any of various eared seals that have a double coat with a dense soft underfur and were hunted especially formerly for their desirable pelts:
a : a large seal (Callorhinus ursinus) of the northern Pacific Ocean having its main breeding rookery on Pribilof Island in the Bering Sea

called also northern fur seal

b : any of a genus (Arctocephalus) of seals chiefly of the southern hemisphere

called also southern fur seal

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Examples of fur seal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the fur seal population continued to shrink, and as of 2021 had dropped to more than 70% below the 1970s levels. Anchorage Daily News, 10 Apr. 2022 Today, fur seal numbers are again in sharp decline, and the problem is not as simple as humans intentionally killing them. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Apr. 2022 While waiting offshore in a Zodiac, guide Russ Manning reported his first bite from a fur seal in 32 years of expeditions. David G. Molyneaux, cleveland, 25 Feb. 2022 Other factors that may have contributed to the plant growth in Antarctica are dwindling fur seal populations, reports New Scientist's Alex Wilkins. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Feb. 2022 The particular kind of seal that’s been dying — the Cape fur seal — is thought to number around 2 million. Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2022 The Seaside Aquarium responded to a report at 11 a.m. Saturday that a Guadalupe fur seal was entangled at a beach in Arch Cape. oregonlive, 4 July 2021 The network works with Guadalupe fur seal experts to help recover wayward fur seals found along the Oregon coastline. oregonlive, 19 Dec. 2020 An unprecedented die-off of over 5,000 Cape fur seal pups on a Namibian beach is being probed by the country’s fisheries ministry. Kaula Nhongo, Bloomberg.com, 14 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of fur seal

1775, in the meaning defined above

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“Fur seal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fur%20seal. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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