The ear seals (Otariidae) are a family of mostly large seals, including the fur seals (Arctocephalinae) and sea lions (Otariinae), which form large colonies on numerous rocky shores of the world’s oceans. You can move better on land compared to dog seals.
The family received its scientific name in 1825 from the British zoologist John Edward Gray, which is derived from the generic name Otaria; In this genus, different types of ear seals were formerly placed, today only the maned seal.
Male seal seals of the New Zealand sea lions (Phocarctos hookeri) can grow up to 3.50 meters, while females of the Galápagos fur seals (Arctocephalus galapagoensis) sometimes only reach a body length of one meter. The weight varies depending on the species and gender between 25 kg in some fur seals and more than 500 kg in males of the Stellers sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus).