SOS logo News Update Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Issue 135
August 2017

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Jarvis, Boo, Buddy and Babyface - Resident Common Seals
The school holidays are drawing to an end, we hope you all had a lovely summer, and had a chance to visit the Cornish Seal Sanctuary. If you did visit on a sunny day you might have caught Jarvis, Boo, Buddy and Babyface (photo above) the resident common seals, enjoying the afternoon sun.

During August, the seal hospital has been having a bit of a make over, when the work is finished there will be 3 extra pens for rescued pups. Click here to see the before and after photos. Taylor, a member of the Animal Care team, has waved goodbye and moved on to new adventures, but left her mark in the concrete. The Animal Care Team are getting in plently of target training with the resident animals before the rescued seal pups join them in the Convalescent pool.

We hope you enjoy the selection of photos taken during this month, just click here or on the photo of your choice below to see a larger version of the image.
Can you guess how old Sheba is?
Can you guess how old Sheba is?
Cheeky Ray has a Facebook Page. Are you following him?
Ray, Grey Seal
Natalie and Megan feeding and target training
Natalie and Grace feeding and target training
Natalie, Megan and Emma feeding and target training
Natalie, Grace and Megan feeding and target training
Snoopy by Natalie´s side during her feed talk!
Snoopy by Natalie´s side during her feed talk!
Grace doing target training with Badger and Pumpkin
Grace doing target training with Badger and Pumpkin
Babyface is probably the oldest common seal in captivity!
Babyface is the oldest seal in the world in capacity!
Common Seals - Bo, Jarvis and Buddy
Common Seals - Bo, Jarvis and Buddy
Jarvis being very rude poking his tongue out!
Jarvis being very rude poking his tongue out
Sunny - Californian Sea Lion
Sunny - Californian Sea Lion
Grace is feeding Diego - Patagonian Sea Lion
Grace is feeding Diego - Patagonian Sea Lion
Tamara, Sanctuary´s Curator, doing target training with Diego
Tamara doing target training with Diego

Attraction´s Leaflet
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André - Californian Sea Lion
Andre - Californian Sea Lion
Snoopy - Resident Grey Seal
Snoopy - Grey Seal
Convalescent Pool and Nursery Pools
Convalescent Pool and Nursery Pools
Humboldt Penguins have finished their annual moult!
Humboldt Penguins have finished their annual moult!
Humboldt Penguins - l-r - Lola, Gilbert, Yoni and Pine
Humboldt Penguins - l-r - Lola, Gilbert, Yoni and Pine
Asian Short-Clawed Otter - Harris (left) and Apricot (right)
Asian Short-Clawed Otter - Harris (left) and Apricot (right)
Harris and Apricot waiting to be rewarded for their training!
Harris and Apricot waiting to be rewarded for their training!
Bracken - Shetland Pony
Bracken - Shetland Pony
Patrick (left) and Florence (right)
Florence (left) and Patrick (right)
Pygmy Goats - Dennis, Marvin, Bertie and Arnie
Pygmy Goats - Dennis, Marvin, Bertie and Arnie
Pygmy Goat - Steve
Steve
Jinx, Rescued Seal
Jinx, rescued juvenile seal, is currently in the nursery pool, she is getting plenty of fish supplemented with fluids and multivitamins.

Photo below of Jinx was taken on 15th August 2017.
Jinx

If you find a Seal in the Wild
For 60 years the Sanctuary has been rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing those pups from our local coastline that find themselves in trouble, whether it be eye problems, respiratory infections and malnourishment to broken bones, pollution-related problems and being separated from their mother too soon.
Just like to remind you that if you discover a seal pup that is in distress or alone, please call the Seal Sanctuary on 01326 221361 and/or the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) team on 01825 765546.

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.
Pup on beach being rescued from Gwithian
If you have seen a seal disturbed in to the sea as a result of human activity or a dead seal, please call the Cornwall Wildlife Trust´s marine hotline: 0345 201 26 26.


Seal "injured" in boat accident
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Cornwall Seal Group Research Group, British Divers Marine Life Rescue, Cornwall Wildlife Trust and other Campaigners are urging people not to feed seals after one was "badly injured" in St Ives, Cornwall.

It reportedly happened when passengers fed the seal off the back of a boat in the harbour on 23rd August 2017 - the seal got caught in the propellors.

Dan Jarvis of the BDMLR said in a recent interview to the local Pirate FM Radio 102.2 & 102.8 "To the best of our knowledge, one of the local boats in the harbour returned from a trip and one of the passengers was allegedly feeding a seal off the back off the boat when it suddenly reversed and hit the seal." Click here to read more.

Seals are seen in harbours quite often especially at St Ives and Newquay (photo below).
Seal in Newquay harbour
Please take photos of any seals you see in and around St Ives in Cornwall. CSGRT want to know if the injured pregnant female seal has survived.

Please email your photos to Sue@cornwallsealgroup.co.uk.
A grey seal gets lucky!
Every year seals around our coast are injured or killed by discarded and old fishing gear. Young seals are most at risk because they like to play with the old nets with monofilament lines, but rescuing them can be very tricky. Click here to read more.

Sue and Dan from CSGRT and BDMLR did an interview with BBC Spotlight about this rescue. Click here to watch.

Well done to Sue, Kate, Dan, Tamara, Chris and Phil. Great Team work.
Rescue team immobilise seal photo by Kate Hockley CSGRT
This seal was spotted for the first time back in the wild since his rescue exactly 20 days later on 23rd August at a location close to his rescue site. Sue said it is incredibly he looks to have nearly healed.
Post Monitoring of Seals
With each update we will name any 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:-
Pebbles on 27th August 2017, Elvis on 1st & 10th August 2017 and Octopus on 1st & 3rd August 2017.
This information regarding tagged seals seen in the wild is copyright of the CSGRT.

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.
BOOK YOUR TICKETS ONLINE
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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