Have you seen the four new arrivals at flamingo land?

 
Flamingo Land Resort welcomed four fur seals earlier in the year, while they settle in the Sea Lion shows are on hold but, they might still take place without notice.
 
Yesterday we got to watch the show and see the Fur Seals having fun in the sun! Just one month ago they were shy, keeping away from visitors but now they are settling in very well enjoy exploring the pool, and love to pose for the camera! Currently, they are co-sharing the main pool taking turns with the sea lions while a brand new home is getting built for both the fur seals and sea lions. 

Fur seals are marine mammals belonging to the family Otariidae, which also includes sea lions. They are characterized by their thick fur, external ear flaps (pinnae), and their ability to walk on land using their flippers. Here are some key details about fur seals:

  • Size: Fur seals vary in size depending on the species. Males are generally larger than females. For instance, male northern fur seals can weigh up to 600 pounds (270 kg) and measure up to 7 feet (2.1 meters) in length, while females are much smaller, typically weighing around 150 pounds (68 kg) and measuring about 5 feet (1.5 meters).
  • Fur: One of the distinguishing features of fur seals is their dense fur, which consists of an outer layer of guard hairs and an underlayer of soft, insulating fur. This adaptation provides excellent insulation in cold water.
  • Color: Their coloration varies by species, but it generally ranges from gray to brown to black, often with lighter undersides.
  • Social Structure: Fur seals are social animals that live in large colonies, especially during the breeding season. Males establish territories and gather harems of females, which they aggressively defend from other males.
  • Diet: Their diet mainly consists of fish, squid, and other marine invertebrates. They are adept hunters and can dive to significant depths to find food.
  • Breeding: Breeding usually takes place on land, where females give birth to a single pup after a gestation period of about a year. Pups are nursed for several months before they are weaned and learn to hunt on their own.

Conservation Status

The conservation status of fur seals varies by species. Some populations have recovered well from historical overhunting, while others remain vulnerable or endangered due to factors like habitat loss, climate change, and entanglement in fishing gear. For example, the northern fur seal is listed as vulnerable by the IUCN, while other species like the Antarctic fur seal have more stable populations.

Human Interaction

Fur seals were heavily hunted in the 18th and 19th centuries for their valuable pelts, leading to significant population declines. Today, they are protected by various international agreements and regulations that have helped many populations to recover. However, they still face threats from human activities such as commercial fishing, pollution, and climate change.

Fur seals are a fascinating group of marine mammals with complex behaviors and adaptations that allow them to thrive in their oceanic environments.

 
 
Lost River Ride

Heading For The Drop!!!

Yes, we are back with another update, slightly delayed due to the weather conditions, we have a mix of photos from Saturday and Sunday. From our

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The Lost River Ride Update

Just over a week ago, The Lost River ride closed and became fenced off to the public. Currently, we can not say if the ride will be removed, repaired or modified and Flamingo Land Resort has not released any information as of today on what work is taking place.