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Issue 139
December 2017


Rescued Seal Pups 2017/18
It has been a very busy 2017/18 rescue season with lots more seal pups arriving, eleven arrived this month.
Holywell, 9 weeks old female seal pup, was rescued on 4th December 2017 from Kynance Cove.
Grambler, 8 weeks old male seal pup, was rescued on 6th December 2017 from Poldhu Cove.
Gwynnvys, 5-6 weeks old female seal pup, was rescued on 13th December 2017 from Penzance.
Isabel, 9 weeks old female seal pup, was rescued on 17th December 2017 from Porthmeor beach.
Graham, 8 weeks old male seal pup, was rescued on 29th December 2017 from St Ives Bay.
Singer, 4-5 weeks old male seal pup, was rescued on 31st December 2017 from Mullion beach.
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Warleggan, 8 weeks old male seal pup, was rescued on 5th December 2017 from Praa Sands.
Fortune, 5 weeks old female seal pup, was rescued on 9th December 2017 from Vault beach.
Ted, 8 weeks old male seal pup, was rescued on 16th December 2017 from a beach in the West Country.
Crofty, 8 weeks old male seal pup, was rescued on 17th December 2017 from Port Issac.
Carlyon, was rescued on 29th December 2017 from Perranporth beach. Below Photo Credit: Maxine Moustrides
Carlyon - Photo credit: Maxine Moustrides
The whereabout of the rescued seal pups on the 31st December 2017 are and also click on the name to see a larger photo:-

Carlyon, Charlestown, Fortune, Grambler, Gwynnvys, Singer, Ted and Winston.

Nursery Pools
Alfred, Crofty, Enys, Graham, Holywell, Isabel, Morwenna, Valentine and Warleggan.

Convalescent Pool
Agatha, Basset, Captain, Cary, Charles, Damzel, Demelza, Elijah, Geoffrey, George, Grace, Jeremy, Jinny, Jinx, Kynance, Margaret, Poldark, Providence, Ross, and Verity.

Seal Release
Dwight, Drake, Elizabeth (Kitty), Jewell, Neptune, Prudie and Rosie reached their ideal release weight and were returned to the wild at Porthtowan on 18th December 2017.

If you find a Seal in the Wild
For 60 years the Sanctuary has been rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing pups from the Cornish coastline and beyond 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.
A quick reminder 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 the beach at St Ives Bay

An Urgent Appeal
for Towels
If anyone has any spare towels they don´t want, please drop them into the reception at the Sanctuary, the Animal Care Team are desperate for these, as the stock of towels are running very low.

The Animal Care Team use 4 towels per seal a day so if you have any old towels you don´tt want, please drop them in.

Why do the Animal Care Team ask for towels?

These are used during the rescue process, first to distract the seal and then to cover its head and body. Once the seal´s head is covered they tend to calm down.

Towels are also used during the rehabilitation process, again for handling the seal and also to keep the pen dry and warm during the early part of the treatment.
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:-
Riley and Rupert on 4th December 2017,
Jubilee on 7th December 2017,
Orion on 11th, 14th & 28th December 2017
and Beast on 14th & 28th December 2017,
Wonder Woman, Boo and Elvis on 28th December 2017.
This information regarding tagged seals seen in the wild is copyright of the CSGRT.
Poorly Seal Pups
treated to
some festive cheer
Nothing soothes a sickly seal pup like a spot of classical music...the Cornish Seal Sanctuary has discovered.

The Sanctuary´s animal care team has been flat out caring for 40 rescued pups so far this winter, and has found that playing classical tunes helps relax the patients and make them more cooperative.

The strategy has been such a success in fact, that the Sanctuary decided to serve up its casualties a festive treat of classical flute playing from professional flautist Claire Rowe.

Claire performed to her whiskered and blubbery audience a mixture of classical melodies and traditional Christmas tunes.

Click here to read more.
Poorly seal pups treated to some festive cheer
It´s not just
Santa working
on Xmas day!
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary´s Animal Care team spent their Christmas day caring for their residents and rescued seal pups.

For most of us we looked forward to a lie in, the Boxing Day family fun and of course the hours and hours of Christmas Films that fill your days.

But for the animal care team at the Sanctuary, they celebrated their Christmas looking after the resident creatures and also the rescued seal pups that are at the Sanctuary going through rehabilitation.

This year Tamara, Grace and Megan spent their Christmas day at the Sanctuary. The team came in early to feed the pups in the hospital and provided all their medical treatment for the day. They also had the regular feeding times for the residents and any treatment that they require.
Poorly seal pups treated to some festive cheer
Photo Gallery
We hope you enjoy the selection of photos taken during this month, click here or on the photo of your choice below to see a larger version of the image.
Sheba - Resident Grey Seal
Atlanta - Resident Grey Seal
Marlin - Resident Grey Seal
Babyface - Resident Common Seal
Babyface - Resident Common Seal
Sunny - Californian Sea Lion
Diego and Noito - Patagonian Sea Lions
Pumpkin - Resident Grey Seal
Pumpkin - Resident Grey Seal
Apricot and Harris - Asian Short-Clawed Otters
Apricot and Harris - Asian Short-Clawed Otters
Ernie, Bertie, Dennis, Marvin & Steve
Ernie, Bertie, Dennis, Marvin and Steve
Woodlands Walk
Woodlands Walk
Photo Opportunity
Animal Care Team and Work Experiences
Sheba - Resident Grey Seal
Willow - Resident Grey Seal
Ray - Resident Grey Seal
Jinx - 2016/17 Rescued Season
André, Californian Sea Lion
Andre, Californian Sea Lion
Ray in the middle of the rescued pups
Ray in the middle of the rescued pups
Badger - Resident Grey Seal
Badger - Grey Seal
Apricot - Asian Short-Clawed Otter
Apricot - Asian Short-Clawed Otters
Tuppence and Bracken
Tuppence and Bracken
Humboldt Penguins
Humboldt penguins
Diego, Patagonian Sea Lion
Diego, Patagonian Sea Lion

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

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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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