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Issue 118
March 2016

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Seal Pups Release

One Eye Jack, Bingo, Whist and Battleship were released back into the wild on 23rd March 2016 at Gwithian. Conditions were stunning for these young seals to begin the hardest part of their recovery, the transition back into the wild.

Sue Sayer, a member of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust said "we hope to see these beautiful seals soon on the haul out beaches, so we can monitor their progress through our long term photo ID work".

Good luck Bingo, Whist, One Eye Jack and Battleship.

Click here or on the pictures below to see a selection of photos taken by © Daniel Murphy.
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Post Monitoring of Seals!

This month there was great excitement amongst the members of Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) when the first two 2015/16 rehabbed seals, Uno and Kerplunk were spotted back in the wild.
Uno was sighted on 31st March 2016 and Kerplunk on the 18th February 2016 - ironically the first two that were rescued - that´s never happened before! Click here to read more.

© Photo below of Uno was taken by Sue Sayer.
Uno

Other tagged seals spotted this month in the wild by members of the CSGRT around the coast of Cornwall were:- Wolverine on 7th & 24th March 2016, Snowdrop on 24th March 2016 and Rupert on 31st March 2016. This information regarding tagged seals seen in the wild is copyright of the CSGRT.

Click here to read an interesting fact sheet about the grey seals in Cornwall & the Isles of Scillies which was produced by Sue Sayer of the CSGRT.

If you find a Seal in the Wild

For over 55 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.
Seals in the wild
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.

Calling all Seal Cadets!

Calling all junior marine biologists, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary needs you!
From 25th March to 10th April 2016 become a recruit and join the Seal Cadets this Easter.
Get involved and learn what it takes to protect our oceans and care for marine mammals. Take part in Seal Medic Training, Marine Protection, Mammal identification, Pup Assessing and much more!

The fantastic talks and feeds will still be on offer making it a great day out for the whole family.
Sea Cadets Event
Rare "Black" Seal Pup to have a DNA
Seal rescuers are planning a DNA check of two rescued black seal pups to see if a new strain of black or "melanistic" grey seals is colonising our South West coastline.

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary admitted its first black pup in its 59-year (?) history in December 2014. Christened Badger (photo below) that pup has become a permanent resident following the discovery that he suffers from a thyroid condition and needs regular medication.

Click here to read more.
Badger

Walk for Whales 2016
A date for your diary...Want to do your bit to raise awareness and money for The Whale and Dolphin Conservation charity?

Why not take part in the 5 miles "Walk for Whales" on the Sunday 26th June 2016 at one of the eleven Sea Life centres around the UK. One could be near you?

Click here to find out more details.
Walk for Whales - 26th June 2016

Animal Adoptions
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.
Animal Adoptions
Other News
The Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) at the University of St Andrews will conduct a three-year study of the Orkney seals and they will use "smartphones" as part of a study into population decline.

Click here to read more.
Common Seals

New Attraction´s Leaflet
Click here to download a printer friendly pdf version of the Sanctuary´s leaflet for 2016.

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), the card used 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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