Fur Seal Secrets: Battle for Survival

New Zealand fur seal pups … Born on opposite sides of New Zealand’s South Island. It’s a battle field where less than 60 percent of pups make it to their first birthday.

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Some pups are trampled by males fighting for the right to mate … or swept out to sea before they learn to swim. Others starve to death when their mothers fail to return from a feeding trip. Our pups must learn fast if they are to beat these odds. We follow the first few months of their lives as they struggle to learn the secrets of survival.

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