Arctocephalus australis apparently prefer rocky shores and islands, especially those with lots of vertical slope. This provides shady areas for them to escape the heat of the sun. During a given day there may be movement from drier rocks to areas close to the sea or in tide pools. They have been found in sea caves in Peru, where some climb up to 15 meters to find a spot to rest. Not much is known about their movements at sea, but a recent study with satellite telemetry has discovered that females will travel 15 to 200 km when foraging at sea. (Nowak 1999, Falklands Conservation 2000)
Average depth: 29 m.
Habitat Regions: temperate ; saltwater or marine
Aquatic Biomes: coastal