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Issue 116
January 2016

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Pup Rescue Season 2015-16
Foul weather is threatening a crisis in Cornwall´s seal rescue network. Winter storms have resulted in so many grey seal pups needing help that rescue operations came very close to capacity earlier this month. Click here to read more.

This month saw the arrival of more rescued seal pups in the hospital by members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) team and the Sanctuary´s Animal Care Team:-

Portal, 2-3 months old male grey seal pup, was rescued on 1st January 2016 by members of the BMDLR team and taken to their holding facility as Gweek´s seal hospital was full. The pup was transferred to Gweek a few days later. He weighed 17.5kgs and had ulcerations in his mouth, nasal discharge and minor wounds of the flippers.
Portal
Guess Who?, a male grey seal pup, was rescued on 2nd January 2016 from Porthmeor beach in St Ives.

He weighed approximately 16kgs and was found to have wounds to his rear left and right flippers and a nail bed injury to his front left flipper.
Guess Who
Frustration, 8 weeks old male grey seal pup, was rescued on 4th January 2016 from Porthbeer, Coverack. He had minor wounds to his rear flippers and slight ulcerations on the lower jaw. Weighed 16kgs. The pup was treated with antibiotics and is now recovering at the Sanctuary!
Frustration
Pontoon, approx. 4 weeks old male grey seal pup, was rescued on 7th January 2016 from Porth beach in Newquay. He weighed 18kgs and had old bite wounds on his left hip and abrasions to a digit end on his front left flipper. Upon arrival at the seal hospital, Pontoon was prescribed a course of antibiotics and is recovering well at the Sanctuary.
Pontoon
Mousetrap, approx. 6 week old female grey seal pup, was rescued on 10th January 2016 from Praa Sands. She weighed 15kgs and had a pinprick stain in her left eye and superficial puncture wounds on the left side of the pup´s head. She was prescribed a course of antibiotics and eyes drops.
Mousetrap
Tafl, a female grey seal, was rescued on 10th January 2016 from Hemmik beach in St Austell. As the seal hospital was full at Gweek, the pup was taken to BDMLR´s holding facility for assessment and treatment by a local vet.

A few days later (13th January 2016) Tafl was transferred to the Sanctuary. The pup was originally found to have a whisker bed wound on the right side of her face, abrasion marks on the underside of both front left and right flippers, as well as a small chunk missing between the 3rd and 4th digits on her rear left flipper.
Tafl
Elefun, approx. 3-4 weeks old male grey seal pup, was rescued on 11th January 2016 from Nanjizel beach. He weighed 11kgs and had a small superficial wound on the front right flipper. The pup was treated with antibiotics and is recovering well at the Sanctuary.
Elefun
Buckaroo, 4 weeks old male grey seal pup, was rescued on 15th January 2016 from Weymouth Bay in Bude. The pup arrived at the Seal Sanctuary at a good weight of 25kgs. Buckaroo was found bleeding from his mouth and the Team discovered he had gingivitis and a deep wound to the front flipper. The pup was put on a course of antibiotics and anti-inflammatories.
Buckaroo
Connect 4, 8 weeks old male grey seal pup, was rescued on 24th January 2016 from Chapel Porth beach. He was brought in due to minor wounds on his body and flippers. Also had a high temperature and was very lethargic. Weighed just 16kgs. The pup was prescribed antibiotics.
Connect 4
Operation, approx. 8-10 weeks old male grey seal pup and underweight at 18kgs, was rescued on 26th January 2016 from Watergate Bay in Newquay. He was found very lethargic on the beach, underweight and with minor wounds as well as taking continuous breaths. The vet prescribed antibiotics and medication for Operation´s breathing.
Operation
All the rescued pups since the beginning of September 2015 are putting on loads of weight down at the pools, when they get to the correct weight, the pups will be released back into the wild.
Rescued pups in the convalescent pool
Stranded Marine Animals
As you may have read or seen on the news recently, quite a few live strandings are occurring around the UK shores.

Five sperm whales were found beached in Norfolk and Lincolnshire between 22nd and 24th January 2016.

Sperm whales are deep sea animals and do not belong in the shallow waters of the North Sea. Hunstanton SEA LIFE´s staff, BDMLR volunteers, RNLI and the Coastguards worked overnight to try to free one of the sperm whales, but to no avail.
One of the sperm whales on the beach at Hunstanton - Photo credit Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary
In December 2015 and January 2016, there have been a number of Loggerhead Sea Turtles washing up around the Cornish coast, sadly most of them dead as our waters are just too cold for them to survive in, but two individuals have been rescued alive and taken to Weymouth SEA LIFE for rehabilitation.

This Turtle (below) was found by Mark & Susie on shoreline at Porthellick on the Isles of Scilly on 17th January 2016. The Turtle was taken to Heike, the local Islands´ vet, awaiting a flight for treatment to the mainland then on to Weymouth for rehabilitation.

© Photo below taken by Dave McBride. Click here to see a larger version of this and a further photo.
Sea Turtle in Isles of Scilly
In December 2015, Gweek´s sister attraction in Scotland, also rescued a Loggerhead Sea Turtle sadly that one passed away.

Click here to read the press release about the rescue of this Loggerhead Sea Turtle.

The recent bad weather has led to a high number of stranded turtles around the UK. We would like to use this opportunity to appeal to members of the public to be on the alert in case there are other stranded Turtles, and to contact the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) around the UK on 01825 765546 or any other appropriate Marine Organisations immediately should any be found.
Loggerhead turtle
Post Monitoring of Seals
Here are a list of tagged seals spotted in the wild by members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSG) around the coast of Cornwall this month:-

Petunia on 8th January 2016, Wolverine on 21st, 25th & 28th January 2016, Elvis, Riley and Boo on 25th January 2016, Wonder Woman and Puffa (photo below) on 28th January 2016.

This above information regarding tagged seals seen in the wild is copyright of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust.

Click here to read interesting facts sheet about the grey seals in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly which was produced by Sue Sayer of the CSG.
Puffa seen on 28th January 2016
Conservation
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is committed to wildlife conservation and regularly holds awareness events and fundraising activities for a variety of charities and organisations.

The Seal Sanctuary staff often give up their own time to help with beach cleans, animal surveys and more to help to make the environment in which we all live a better place.

Members of the Cornwall Seal Group carry out surveys around the coastline, click here or on the photo below to see how many seals you can count?
Conservation
Trek Cornwall 2016
In summer 2013 Jessica Hirons completed her first 300 mile round Cornwall walk for Grey Seals and she is now planning her next big challenge. Originally completing the walk in 20 days (average of 15 miles a day) she has decided to repeat the challenge but this time up her game and complete in 11 days meaning and average daily mileage of 26!! Yes 11 marathons in 11 days!!

Jessica recently announced that she will be doing the Trek Cornwall 2016. She will attempt to navigate the whole Coastline of Cornwall, nearly 300 miles in total with over 20,000 metres of climbing...

Click here to go to Jes´s website and learn more about this amazing lady. Jess will be donating some of the money raised from the Trek Cornwall 2016 to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

Photo below was taken in August 2013.
Trek Cornwall 2013
Adopt a Pup
Why not adopt a creature and help to maintain first class animal care at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

A special way to honour a birthday, special occasion or to commemorate the life of a loved one or even that last minute Christmas present, while supporting an important cause.

Please click here for more details and to download a printer friendly PDF version of the sponsorship form or call 01326 221361 for more details.
If you discover an injured seal pup
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
Mudfest 2016
Why not visit the Cornish Seal Sanctuary and grab your wellies and embrace the outdoors, whatever the weather this February half-term (13th to 21st February 2016). Don´t forget to purchase your entrance tickets in advance and save money, see below for details.
Latest leaflet
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary´s latest leaflet is available, Click here to download a pdf version.

Book Discount 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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