Crittercam: New Zealand Sea Lions

  • 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?

      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?

      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?

      The trawl nets catch squid.

    4. How deep can New Zealand sea lions dive?

      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?

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

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    coast Noun

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

    Encyclopedic Entry: coast
    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.

    food Noun

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

    Encyclopedic Entry: food
    hunt Verb

    to pursue and kill an animal, usually for food.

    insight Noun


    sea lion Noun

    marine mammal.

    trawl Verb

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