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2009.01.12 23:19:27
Juan Fernandez Fur Seal, Robinson Crusoe Island, Chile (12.01.09)

Juan Fernandez Fur Seal, Robinson Crusoe Island, Chile © Fantástico Sur ExpeditionsThis endemic pinniped species was literally at the edge of extinction. Since the late XVII until the beginning of the XIX centuries, several million individuals were hunted for its fur, and eventually in 1824, considered an extinct species. Fortunately, a small surviving colony was discovered in 1965 and to this date, its population has steadily increased in number, being now considered at low conservation risk.

© From the book Robinson Crusoe Island, Wildlife and Landscapes by Enrique Couve and Claudio F. Vidal (2007), Fantástico Sur Editorial, Chile. © Photo by Enrique Couve, Fantástico Sur Expeditions.

Lobo Fino de Juan Fernández (Arctocephalus philippii). Este pinnípedo endémico de Juan Fernández, estuvo al borde de pasar a integrar la cifra de especies marinas desaparecidas; desde finales del sigle XVII y hasta principios del sigle XIX, varios millones de individuos fueron capturados por su piel. Fue considerado extinto en 1824. Para nuestra fortuna, una pequeña colonia sobreviviente fue descubierta en 1965 y a la fecha su población se ha recuperado ostensiblemente, siendo hoy una especie fuera de peligro.

© Extracto del libro Isla Robinson Crusoe, Paisajes y Vida Silvestre de Enrique Couve y Claudio F. Vidal (2007), Fantástico Sur Editorial, Chile. © Foto de Enrique Couve, Fantástico Sur Expeditions.



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