Something strange is happening to elephant seals along California's coast. Each year, half of the seal pups disappear, and what happens to them is a mystery.

Have these creatures become powerful magnets for predators? Wild Chronicles and National Geographic's Crittercam® dive beneath the waves to solve this mysterious case.

  1. How many elephant seal pups survive their first year at sea?

  2. What animal is the main predator of elephant seals in California?

  3. How does Peter, the shark expert, track great white sharks?

  4. What behaviors do elephant seals use to avoid sharks?

  5. Why do great white sharks prey on elephant seal pups?

Noun

edge of land along the sea or other large body of water.

Crittercam
Noun

camera designed to be worn on a wild animal, providing a "critter-eye view" of the animal's environment.

elephant seal
Noun

marine mammal native to parts of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans.

predator
Noun

animal that hunts other animals for food.

wave
Noun

moving swell on the surface of water.