Crittercam: Juan Fernandez Seals

  • Marooned on "Robinson Crusoe's" Juan Fernandez Islands, Wild Chronicles and National Geographic's Crittercam® team are in for a wild ride of discovery. Follow a mother fur seal as she crashes through the surf, twisting and turning in search of food, while her hungry newborn pup waits anxiously on the shore for a belly-filling meal.

    1. How long does a mother fur seal stay with her pup after giving birth?

      About 12 days after giving birth, a mother fur seal returns to the ocean to eat.

    2. How long does a Juan Fernandez fur seal stay at sea?

      A mother will stay at sea for 2-3 weeks at a time.

    3. John, the conservationist, calls the Crittercam footage of a Juan Fernandez fur seal "the greatest roller coaster ride." Why?

      Crittercam shows the seal diving up and down, constantly twisting and turning in the surf. "Any human that went on that ride would probably lose their lunch in a minute," John says.

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    anxious Adjective

    nervous or worried.

    Crittercam Noun

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

    food Noun

    material, usually of plant or animal origin, that living organisms use to obtain nutrients.

    Encyclopedic Entry: food
    seal Noun

    marine mammal with flippers and a sleek coat.

    shore Noun


    surf Noun

    waves as they break on the shore or reef.