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Seal Rocks

About Seal Rocks

Activities

Looking for something fun and educational to do with the kids? Take an unforgettable trip to Seal Rocks. Cruise within metres of wild fur seals frolicking on the rocks and in the water. Seals are extremely playful and curious. Many will approach the vessel and demonstrate their acrobatic skills for your entertainment.

Flora and Fauna

Seal Rocks is a group of rocky inlets along Phillip island's coastline. It is home to Australia's largest fur seal population, numbering around 16,000. The population peaks between late October to December, but it is possible to view seals at all times of the year. Seals eat squid, cuttlefish and small fish. They can dive up to 100m and have excellent underwater vision.

History

In the early 1800s on Seal Rocks, seals were hunted for their skin and oil. Some say the colony yielded 1,000 skins per year for 10 years. In 1891 the seals were officially protected. In 1966 Seal Rocks was declared a State Fauna Reserve. It is now an important breeding area and nursery for the Australian fur seals.

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