are … fin-footed carnivorous marine mammals and are distinguished by visible external ears and hind flippers which rotate forward.
This pointy-nosed seal has long pale whiskers and a body covered with two layers of fur. Their coat is dark grey-brown on the back, and lighter below; when wet they look almost black.
Kaikoura, New Zealand is a good place to see seals easily: read here to see what the NZ Dept of Conservation says about not harassing these (and other) mammals in NZ. Dont get between them and the sea, and keep your dogs on a lead.
As you can see I was travelling in a Backpacker campervan