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Elephant Seals' Extraordinary Comeback

Northern elephant seals had been hunted to the brink of extinction by the mid-1800s. Their numbers have since recovered, allowing researchers to reveal some amazing discoveries about their unique biology and fascinating migratory patterns. Witness the life cycle of this extraordinary mammal—from mating to birthing and weaning—in this short film produced by Palomar TV.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email sfs@natgeo.com. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.