Take a deep breath with Wild Chronicles and follow a New Zealand sea lion on a search for food off the coast of the remote Auckland Islands. Crittercam® reveals that New Zealand sea lions dive at many different depths as they hunt. This discovery provides insight into a growing problem—the conflict between New Zealand sea lions and ocean trawlers, and their deadly nets.

  1. New Zealand sea lions are a vulnerable species. How many are left in the wild?

    • Answer

      Only about 10,000-15,000 New Zealand sea lions live in the wild.

  2. How long do New Zealand sea lion pups rely on their mothers' milk?

    • Answer

      Pups nurse for about a year.

  3. About 100 New Zealand sea lions are accidentally killed by trawling nets every year. What animal are these nets supposed to catch?

    • Answer

      The trawl nets catch squid.

  4. How deep can New Zealand sea lions dive?

    • Answer

      New Zealand sea lions can dive nearly 2,000 feet below the ocean surface.

  5. Nick, the biologist, puts a Crittercam on a New Zealand sea lion. What does this sea lion eat?

    • Answer

      Crittercam catches the sea lion eating jellies, fish, and squid.

Noun

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

conflict
Noun

a disagreement or fight, usually over ideas or procedures.

Crittercam
Noun

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

Noun

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

hunt
Verb

to pursue and kill an animal, usually for food.

insight
Noun

understanding.

sea lion
Noun

marine mammal.

trawl
Verb

to fish by dragging a large net along the bottom of the body of water.