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Fur seals
Date Issued: 1972-09-20
Postage Value: 8 cents

Commemorative issue
Wildlife conservation
Fur seals

Seals are a diverse and widely distributed group of mostly marine, aquatic mammals. The northern, or Alaskan, fur seal--Callorhinus ursinus--is an eared seal related to the sea lion. Hunted commercially for its thick inner coat, it was nearly extinct by the early-20th century. It has been protected by international treaty since 1911.

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