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Australian Fur Seals - holding their flippers in the air to cool their body down.

Located about 9 km off the south coast of NSW is the unique Montague Island Nature Reserve. The island comprises an area of 82 ha, made up of two elevated sections divided by a ravine, covered with huge granite boulders.

As one of the most important seabird nesting areas in NSW, Montague Island is home to little penguins, wedge-tailed shearwaters, short-tailed shearwaters, sooty shearwaters, silver gulls and crested terns.

It also contains the most important Australian fur seal haul-out sites along the NSW coast, being the most northern most colony of this marine mammal in eastern Australia. With the rich marine environment surrounding the island, close proximity to the continental shelf and the warm eastern Australian current, there is also chances to encounter a variety of other marine life including pods of migrating whales, dolphins, sunfish manta rays, and pelagic fish.

Australian Fur Seals off Montague Island

Australian Fur Seals at Montague Island.

Australian Fur Seals at Montague Island.
Australian Fur Seals - basking in the sun on Montague Island.

Australian Fur Seals at Montague Island.
Australian Fur Seals stick one pectoral fin (flipper) out of the ocean, almost like it’s waving to you, as a means of regulating
their body temperature. The seal cools down by sticking its flipper out to pick up the breeze or sun. This behaviour is
known as thermoregulation.

Australian Fur Seals at Montague Island.
Australian Fur Seals - basking in the sun on Montague Island.

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