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Issue 128
February 2017


Rescued Seal Pups for 2016/17
Gibbon was rescued on 5th February 2017 from the beach at Gwithian. He has a corneal ulcer in left eye, upper respiratory infection and nail missing from his rear right flipper.
Gibbon - Photo by Zoe Morris
Lobster was rescued on 11th February 2017 from Portloe. She was found to have a nail bed injuries and also odema in her right eye.
Lobster - Photo by Zoe Morris
Shark was rescued on 20th February 2017 from the beach at Godrevy. This pup has bite wounds to rear flippers and bilateral corneal ulceraton.
Shark - Photo by Zoe Morris
Wallaby was rescued on 22nd February 2017 from Porthminster beach in St Ives. The pup was suffering from upper respiratory infection and had some bite wounds.
Wallaby - Photo by Zoe Morris
Wolf is now in the outside nursery pool 3 with another rescued seal pup Flamingo and is doing really well.

The wounds around his neck are healing really well.
Wolf - Photo by Zoe Morris
Nursery Pools

Nursery Pool 1 - Octopus is slowly gaining weight.
Nursery Pool 2 - Llama is still bright and well.
Nursery Pool 3 - Wolf (photo left) and Flamingo
Nursery Pool 4 - Gibbon, Koala and Shrimpy.

Rehabilitation Pool

Sheep, Merlin, Otter, Panda, Artic Fox and Polar Bear are ready to be released back into the wild, the staff are just waiting for the right weather.

Convalescent Pool

All the remaining pups are in the convalescent pool in their final stage of rehabiliation and putting on lots of weight.
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:-

Ken on 2nd February 2017, Snowdrop and Rupert on 9th February 2017, Wonder Woman on 15th February 2017, Whist on 17th, 20th and 23rd February 2017 and Shuttle on 23rd February 2017.

This information regarding tagged seals seen in the wild is copyright of the CSGRT.

Photo below of Wonder Woman was taken by Wildlife Photographer Simon Bone on 15th February 2017.   Click here to see a larger version of this photo.
Photo of Wonder Woman was taken by Simon Bone
If you find a Seal
in the Wild
For nearly 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 Cornish 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.

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.

If you spot a seal around our coast, please remember it will smell, hear and see you, possibly before you even see it! Keep your distance. This is our guide to identifying a common from a grey seal. Click here to download a pdf version.
Photo Gallery
Common Seals - Bo (front) and Buddy (back)
Common Seals - Bo and Buddy
Feeding time in the Convalescent Pool
Feeding time in the Convalescent Pool
Tamara putting drops into Sheba´s eyes
Tamara putting drops into Shebas eyes
Woodland Walk!
Woodland Walk
Humboldt Penguins - Ivy and Yoni
Humboldt Penguins - Ivy and Yoni
Common Seal - Bo
Common Seal - Bo
Feeding time in the Convalescent Pool
Feeding time in the Convalescent Pool
Asian Short-Claw Otters - Harris and Apricot
Asian Short-Claw Otters - Harris and Apricot
Shetland Pony - Bracken
Noito, Patagonian Sea Lion
Noito, Patagonian Sea Lion
Events for March 2017
Tag a Teddy!
Tag a Teddy during Mother´s Day Weekend on 25th & 26th March 2017. Come and join in with the Seal Sanctuary´s fundraising event!

Bring your teddy and tag it with one of the special Cornish Seal Sanctuary tags!
Tag a Teddy
Beach Clean 2017
As part of Keep Britain Tidy´s first "Great British Spring Clean" join the Seal Sanctuary as the staff tidy up Gwithian beach on Friday 3rd March 2017 between 2.30pm and 3.30pm.

Everyone is welcome to come and join in.
Beach clean
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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