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Issue 131
April 2017


Rescued Seal Pups for 2016/17
Bat, Goose, Octopus, Pangolin, Porcupine and Shark had completed their rehabilitation and were released back into the wild on 26th April 2017 at Gwithian beach.
Good luck pups! Seal Release - 25th April 2017
Little Donkey, Turkey, Raccoon, Koala and Boa were released back to the wild on 17th April 2017 at Gunwalloe. Seal Release - 17th April 2017
Caiman, Fish, Flamingo, Gibbon, Lobster, Mantis Shrimp, Piranha, Robin, Wallaby and Wolf are still in the nursery and convalescent pools.
Octopus (photo right) was taken by John, Paul, Ruth and Maddie Gore during their visit on 25th April 2017. Octopus - photo by John, Paul, Ruth and Maddie Gore
Jinx a female juvenile seal was approximately 18 months old when rescued on 21st April 2017 from the beach at Godrevy after being found malnourished and lethargic.
This seal was originally rescued by the RSPCA West Hatch (2015/16 season) and returned to the wild last year after Jinx had completed her rehabilitation. Jinx
Jinx was re-rescued from Godrevy beach and taken to the seal sanctuary for treatment, she is currently in the hospital.

Egg-Citing Easter Training
There were some cracking training going on at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary to celebrate Easter with the resident creatures.

The Animal Care Team at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary are always trying to think of new enrichment activities for their residents and Easter had provided the team with a perfect opportunity to get their residents joining in with some egg-stra special activities.

The team crafted their residents special Easter eggs made out of brightly coloured ice with fish delicacies frozen in their centres.
The eggs were placed in the residents enclosures for them to discover.

Click here to read more.
Egg-Citing Easter Training
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Post Monitoring of Seals
Here is a list of tagged seals spotted in the wild by members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) around the coast of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly:-

Polar Bear, Petunia, Wonder Woman and Puffa on 3rd April 2017, Spiderman and Rupert on 3rd & 6th April 2017, Neil (photo below) and Whist on 6th & 17th April 2017 and also Panda earlier this month (date tbc).

This information regarding tagged seals seen in the wild is copyright of the CSGRT.
©Photo right of Neil was taken by Sue Sayer of the CSGRT on 6th April 2017. Sue Sayer
Visitors Photos
Here is a selection of photos taken by John, Paul, Ruth and Maddie Gore during their visit on 25th April 2017; they had a great time.

Ruth said "it was lovely to be able take our dog Maddie into the Sanctuary as there are not many tourist attractions where dogs are allowed."
Photos by the Gore Family Photos by the Gore Family Photos by the Gore Family
Photos by the Gore Family Photos by the Gore Family Photos by the Gore Family

If You Discover a
Seal Pup in the Wild!
If you should discover a seal pup that seems to be in distress, or is alone, what you do next could mean the difference between life and death for the animal.

DO keep your distance;
DON´T attempt to handle the pup;
DON´T attempt to put the pup in the sea;
DON´T ignore the situation;
DO tell the appropriate organisation.

Please call the Cornish Seal Sanctuary on 01326 221361 and/or the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) team on 01825 765546.
Seal Pups on the beach
Back at the Sanctuary, the rescued pups receive expert veterinary care and are gradually weaned from a liquid diet to whole fish in the hospital.

Then it´s to the outdoor pools to gain weight and build strength and stamina ready to resume life in the wild.

Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) have been working with students from Cornwall College on conservation posters.

This poster below is one of many, this rather excellent infographic was produced by Thomas Kneebone. CSGRT are very proud of his contribution!

Click here to see a larger version of this poster.
conservation posters
Seal ID Guide
This is a guide to identifying a common from a grey seal. Click here to download a pdf version.
Seal ID Guide
Dogs are Welcome
Did you know that the Cornish Seal Sanctuary loves well behaved dogs!

Dogs are always welcome at the Sanctuary provided they are kept on a lead.

Please do not leave dog(s) in your car during your visit.

Also don´t forget to bring some poo bags with you to clear up after your dog(s).
Dogs are Welcome
Leaflet for 2017
Click here to download a printer friendly pdf version of the Sanctuary´s leaflet.

Buy your Discount Entry Tickets in Advance
Don´t forget to purchase your entrance tickets for single admission tickets, family tickets, group tickets, school bookings, etc., on-line in advance and Save Money.

Plus you can also purchase SEA LIFE Annual Passes and Merlin Annual Passes.

When you click here or on the button right, it will take you through to Merlin Entertainments´ Official Cornish Seal Sanctuary website for the Best Price Guarantee.
A Frequent Question: I´m on holiday in the area and can´t print my tickets

Answer: Although it is preferable and quicker if the front of house staff have a printed copy of your ticket, you can still book your tickets online in advance and make savings if you bring along the booking reference number (or can show the email confirmation on a mobile device) and some ID that matches the booking name. The Front of House Staff can then check the records and allow entry from there.

This news update has been put together by volunteers/supporters of the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

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