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Issue 141
February 2018

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Rescued Seal Pups 2017/18
It has been a very busy 2017/18 rescue season with lots more seal pups arriving, eight rescued this month.

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary has had 79 rescued seal pups through the hospital to care and rehabiliate between 2nd September 2017 and 24th February 2018.

Members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue medics team have had a very busy time this rescue season, because of the large number of pups rescued, some pups have been taken to other rescued centres.
Seal Rescue Hospital
Convalescent Pool - December 2017 The Animal Care Team will give around the clock care for all rescued pups that need it, but sometimes these little ones just don´t have enough antibodies and strength in them to pull through.

It is always a sad time for the Animal Care Team when this happens, the good news is that because of their knowledge and skill, most pups that arrive in the hospital go on to be released back into tne wild, strong and healthy, given a second chance to live a normal life around the Cornish coast.
Ava, female seal pup, was rescued on 2nd February 2018 from Porthminster beach.
Ava
Pascoe, 16 weeks old male seal pup, was rescued on 4th February 2018 from Porthallow.
Pascoe
Marigold, female seal pup, was rescued on 7th February 2018 from Penberth Cove.
Marigold
Lucy, 7 weeks old female seal pup, was rescued on 21st February 2018 from Port Issac.
Lucy
Geoffrey was re-rescued by the BDMLR medics after being found on the beach at Gorran Haven on 19th February 2018. He has a swollen hock.

He was released back to the wild on 7th January 2018 after completing his rehabilitation at the Seal Sanctuary.

Geoffrey is now back in the hospital for TLC and treatment. Speedy recovery Geoffrey and it will not be too long before he is back out in the wild again.
Geoffrey
Tregirls, 12 weeks old male seal pup, was rescued on 2nd February 2018 from Porthkerries.
Tregirls
Maude, female seal pup, was rescued on 6th February 2019 from Castle beach, Falmouth.
Maude
Francis, male seal pup, was rescued on 16th February 2018 from Durgan, Falmouth.
Francis
Osborne, male seal pup, was rescued on 24th February 2018 from Porthousestock.
Osborne
Click here to watch to a short video of Osborne arriving at the seal hospital.

Here are some more photos taken of the pups this month, just click on the names below:-

Alpha, Beta, Carlyon, Charles, Charlie, Chris, Clowance, Damzel, Dewgong, Enys, Fortune, Gerry, Graham, Gwynnvys, Hugh, Isabel, Leon, Miner, Morwenna, Nampara, Nick, Providence, Pudding, Schmirtz, Singer, Towan, Valentine, Winston, Wynwalloe and Zacky.
Seal Release
Cary, Emma, George, Jeremy, Margaret, Ross and Poldark were released back to the wild on 5th February 2018 at Gunwalloe.
Adopt a Seal Pup
A special way to honour a birthday, special occasion or to commemorate the life of a loved one, while supporting an important cause.   Please click here or call 01326 221361 for more details.
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.
Willow looking very pretty!
Willow - Resident Grey Seal
What is Ray up to now?
What is Ray up to now
They are wondering who had the last fish!
They are wondering who had the last fish
Pumpkin is trying out this hula hoop!
Badger is trying this hola hop out!
Lovely Jinx is now a resident.
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Sunny (left) and André (right), Californian Sea Lions
Sunny and Andre - Californian Sea Lions
Claire doing target training with Pumpkin
Claire doing target training with Badger
Pups relaxing after feeding time!
Pups relaxing after feeding time
Tuppence just had his coat taken off to be cleaned
Tuppence just had his coat taken off to be cleaned
View across the padlock and Helford Estuary
View across the padlock and Helford Estuary
Plastic Pollution Exhibition by Rob Arnold
Plastic Pollution by Rob Arnold
Plastic Pollution Exhibition by Rob Arnold
Plastic Pollution by Rob Arnold
Rescued pup enjoys riding on the back of Ray!
Rescued pup enjoys riding on the back of Ray
The oldest Common Seal in the World - Babyface!
The oldest Common Seal in the Wild
Claire making sure Ray, Atlanta and Snoopy gets fish!
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Yulelogs is so handsome!
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This beautiful Robin is a frequent visitor
This beautiful Robin is a frequent visitor to the seating area just outside the cafe
Yulelogs being checked over during training
Yulelogs being checked over during training
Bracken
Bracken
Rescued pup looking contended after feeding time
Rescued pup looking contended after feeding time
Marvin, Steve, Dennis, Ernie and Bertie
Marvin, Steve, Dennis, Ernie and Bertie
View of the Seal Sanctuary
View of the Seal Sanctuary
Plastic Pollution Exhibition by Rob Arnold
Plastic Pollution by Rob Arnold
Plastic Pollution Exhibition by Rob Arnold
Plastic Pollution by Rob Arnold
Conservation Club
Conservation Club - 8 - 14 years old Not sure what to do with the kids at the weekend? The staff may have the answer! during March the Sanctuary will be running the Conservation Club, where children aged 8 - 14 year olds can join members of the team on Saturday mornings (3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th March) to learn all about seals and the environment they live in. If you are interested in booking, give Alex a call on 01326 221361 - there are limited spaces and already getting booked up! Click here for more details.


Post Release 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:-
Puffa (photo below) and Elvis on 15th February 2018.

This information regarding tagged seals seen in the wild is copyright of the CSGRT.
Puffa - 15th February 2018 - Photo Credit - Sue Sayer of CSGRT
Photo credit (above) - Sue Sayer
Do you have any
unwanted 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´t 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.

Leaflet for 2018
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.
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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