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Issue 130
March 2017


16 Seal Pups Released over 3 days this month

  The first batch of seal pups to be released back to the wild were driven down to Gunwalloe beach at midday on 23rd March 2017. The pups were Cheetah, Gannet, Limpet, Otter, Pigs in Blankets and Sheep.

The next day Merlin, Polar Bear, Penguin, Panda and Arctic Fox were herded into a cage and then transferred to a trailer which was then driven onto the beach at Porthtowan. Click here to see a selection of photos of this release.

Below is a short video of their release filmed on 24th March 2017 by Pirate FM Radio 102.2 & 102.8.
On Monday 27th March 2017 Duck, Hedgehog, Llama, Reindeer and Snow Leopard were released at Porthtowan beach.

As soon as a pup has reached 40kgs and receives a clean bill of health, they are then released back into the wild.

Rescued Seal Pups for 2016/17
Piranha, grey seal pup, was rescued on 1st March 2017 from Mousehole. The pup was found to have superficial wounds to her body and underweight.
Piranha - Photo by Claire Fraser
Caiman, grey seal pup, was rescued on 12th March 2017 from the Watergate beach in Newquay. The pup had an injured jaw and needed teeth removed. She is currently in nursery pool 3.
Caiman - Photo by Claire Fraser
Boa, grey seal pup, was rescued on 16th March 2017 from Penzance. The pup was to be entangled in fishing net wrapped around his neck.
Boa - Photo by Claire Fraser
Lobster is back in the hospital receiving treatment for his eye.

Octopus and Boa are together in nursery pools 1 and 2.

Wallaby is in nursery pool 4.

Pangolin, Racoon, Porcupine and Turkey are in the rehab pool waiting to be returned to the wild soon.

Bat, Robin, Little Donkey, Goose, Flamingo, Mantis Shrimp, Koala, Fish, Wolf, Gibbon and Shark are in the convalescent pool putting on lots of weight before they are returned to the wild in the coming months.

The preferred weight for releasing grey seal pups back into the wild is between 35-40kgs.
New Paddock Residents
Four new pygmy goats have joined Sanctuary´s family on 11th January 2017!

Their names are Dennis, Marvin, Bertie and Arnie.

They have joined resident pygmy goat Steve who needed some company and have spent the last few weeks settling into their new home.

Their personalities are really starting to show, click here to watch a short video of Dennis and Marvin.
New pygmy goats
First Spring Clean
As part of Keep Britain Tidy´s first "Great British Spring Clean" on 3rd March 2017 which took place at Gwithian beach. A fantastic job by all, contributing to a safer environment for local seals and wildlife! Here are the results:-

45 minutes of beach cleaning
18 volunteers
33kgs of litter removed
1523 total items
1448 plastic/polystyrene items
355 pieces of net/string/rope/cord
Beach clean
If you find a Seal
in the Wild
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.
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:-

Elvis on 9th & 13th March 2017, Jubilee on 23rd March 2017, Ken on 30th March 2017, Neil on 23rd March 2017, Pebbles on 9th & 23rd March 2017, Petunia on 16th & 23rd March 2017, Polar Bear on 30th March 2017, Puffa on 9th & 23rd March 2017, Rupert on 13th March 2017, Shuttle on 6th March 2017, Snow Leopard on 30th March 2017, Spiderman on 9th & 30th March 2017 and Wonder Woman on 9th, 23rd & 30th March 2017.

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

This is our guide to identifying a common from a grey seal. Click here to download a pdf version.

Attraction´s Leaflet for 2017
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.
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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