Sealion Summer

When the brief sub-Antarctic summer comes to Enderby Island, so does a rare breed of animal … Hooker’s Sealion. Enderby is their breeding ground and breeding, for sealions, is not a lukewarm affair.

Produced by NHNZ

When the brief sub-antarctic summer comes to Enderby Island so too does the world’s rarest sealion……Hooker’s Sealion.

This film records all the drama and tragedy of this animals short breeding season – the arrival and courtship of the adults – the bulls battling to become beachmasters and control a harem, the birth of the pups and the hazards they face before finally coming to terms with the ocean.

To make this film the crew had to learn the ways of the beachmasters in order to get close to the colony. They learnt how to adopt “submissive postures” – keeping lower than the bulls and respecting the invisible boundaries of their territories – learning that bulls fierce charges were bluffs and usually stopped at the boundary.

Episodes From This Series

Wanted Alive

26 minutes / 1992

Colony Z

24 minutes / 1986

The Black Stilt – A Bird Surrounded by Change

48 minutes / 1984

Black Robin – The Chatham Island Story

48 minutes / 1990

Lost World of the Poor Knights

48 minutes / 1992

Castles of the Underworld

46 minutes / 1992

Wild Horse, Wild Country

51 minutes / 1995

City Under the Sea

47 minutes / 1992

Bandits of the Beech Forest

52 minutes / 1996

Battle for Breaksea

26 minutes / 1989

Snares Gift from the Sea

24 minutes / 1984

Up With the Birds

24 minutes / 1982

Same Time Same Place

24 monutes / 1982

Swan Lake

24 minutes / 1985

Kakapo – Night Parrot

24 minutes / 1982

Sealion Summer

24 minutes / 1982

Possum a New Zealand Nightmare

26 minutes / 1990

Sanctuary

23 minutes / 1990

Pukeko

26 minutes / 1989

Invaders in Paradise

51 minutes / 1999

The Mangroves

24 minutes / 1984

Islands of strange noises

30 minutes / 1980

Island Eaten by Rats

24 minutes / 1984

Tale of the Crayfish

48 minutes / 1987

Land of the Kiwi

48 minutes / 1987

Gull City

23 minutes / 1990

Bandits of the Beach Forest

1 hour / 1996