Our Latest News

Second round of consultation begins on the future of Freycinet Peninsula


Tasmania's unrivalled natural environment is a key driver in our nation-leading visitor economy and the Freycinet Peninsula is one of our most popular tourism destinations.More

Sustainable Timber Tasmania and Parks and Wildlife Service issue safety message


Over the coming weeks, a number of roads inside of fire impacted areas will reopen.More

Southwest ecological burns important for orange-bellied parrot conservation


Planned ecological burns in Southwest National Park will help regenerate important habitat areas for the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot.More

Sub-Antarctic Fur Seal, Arctocephalus tropicalis

The sub-antarctic fur seal is rarely seen in our waters but there have been several sightings of this species at Bass Strait Australian fur seal colonies during the 1990's. This species is difficult to distinguish from the Australian and New Zealand fur seals that breed in Tasmanian waters.

The sub-antarctic fur seal breeds on sub-antarctic islands including Macquarie Island and Herd Island. On Macquarie Island the total population of sub-antarctic fur seals is estimated to be 90 to 110. In the 1995-96 season only 25 pups were born. This species does occur throughout the sub-antarctic, however, with an estimated total population of 300 000.

Studies of the sub-antarctic fur seal on Macquarie Island reveal that this species forages mostly at night and dives mostly at shallow depths. It feeds on pelagic myctophid fish.