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Issue 121
Summer 2016

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Seal Pups Update
During 2015/16 season, 65 seal pups were rescued, many by volunteers of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) medics and Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT).

Huge thanks to BDMLR medics for all the time and energy they have put into giving these young seals a second chance and to the skilled and dedicated Animal Care Team who nurse these seals back to health and fitness.


Buckaroo, Cranium and Go have completed their rehabilitation at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.
The seal pups were returned to the wild on 6th June 2016 at Gwithan.

The very final injured rescued seal pup of the season of 2015/16 was released back into Cornish waters on 6th July 2016. Crossword was found at Trevaunance Cove near St Agnes back on 22nd May 2016.

Crossword was about five months old but had a series of minor bite wounds, cuts and scrapes to her flippers, and was running a temperature.

She was also very dehydrated, and the Animal Care Team thought she would need a lengthy stay, but she responded really well to treatment and was soon building stamina and piling on weight in the outdoor convalescent pool. Click here to read Crossword´s press release.

Click here to see a few photos of Crossword´s being released.

Click here to see photos taken by Sherry Robinson of Crossword´s release.
Seal Release on 6th June 2016
Click here to watch a short video of the release by
Pirate FM Radio 102.2 & 102.8

Entangled young seal found, rescued & released!

With a great joint effort, rescue volunteers from Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust, BDMLR and the Cornish Seal Sanctuary went to the aid of a young seal which had been monitored for a few weeks with monofilament netting around it´s neck.

On 13th July 2016 Sue Sayer had gone to see if the entangled seal was back on the beach, as she reached the clifftop she took a deep breath before peering over and was greeted by the sight of the target seal fast asleep in the middle of the beach!

Click here to read more about this amazing rescue on the CSGRT´s website with lots of great photos.
©Photo right:
Dan (Cornish Seal Sanctuary & BDMLR) with Sue (CSGRT) who is holding up a rather stinky bit of trawl net.

Well done to everyone who was involved in this rescue!
It was a Brilliant Team Work.
Entangled young seal found, rescued and released! - Photo copyright of Sue Sayer

You can teach an old Seal
new "tricks"!


The Animal Care Team make a break through with Europe´s oldest Common Seal, Babyface. Training is a really important part of the day to day care of the residents at the Sanctuary. It allows the Animal Care Team to ask the residents to present body parts for inspection, weigh them, trim their claws, administer medicine and so much more.
Not only is training important for their care, it is also good fun for the seals and can give them a lot of mental and physical stimulation.

Click here to read more.
Babyface - photo taken by Georgina
Click here to watch a short video of Babyface doing his training.

Convalescent & Nursery Pools

During June and July the convalescent and nursery pools underwent a major refurbishment. Click here or below to see a selection of photos.
convalescent and nursery pools
convalescent and nursery pools
convalescent and nursery pools
convalescent and nursery pools
convalescent and nursery pools

Residents Photo Gallery
Click on a photo of your choice below to see a larger version.
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Marine Conservation

Visitors to the Seal Sanctuary are being urged to help win protected status for an important area of marine habitat to the south of the Scilly Islands.

The area is an important feeding area for lots of marine life including rare basking sharks, and of course grey seals.
Now visitors will be encouraged to sign postcards calling for the area to be declared a Marine Protected Area.

Click here to read more.
Sanctuary Pitches in to Safeguard Marine Life South of Scillies

Rob Re-united with Apricot

Senior Aquarist Rob has been re-united with Asian Short-Clawed Otter "Apricot" whilst working at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

Rob began working with Apricot back in 2013 at the National SEA LIFE Centre in Birmingham, where he is the lead keeper of the Otters and is responsible for their enrichment, training and enclosure development.
When Rob took on the role of Curator at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary as secondment, he was excited to be reunited with Apricot again.
Click here to read more.
Rob with Apricot

Post Monitoring of Seals!

Here is a list of tagged seals spotted in the wild by members of the CSGRT around the coast of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly during the Summer 2016:-

Elvis & Uno on 28th June 2016,
Hungry Hungry Hippo on 30th June 2016, 4th, 7th, 11th & 12th July 2016, Woody on 11th July 2016, Backgammon on 12th & 14th July 2016, Articulate on 12th July 2016, Hulk & Shrek on 14th July 2016,
Wolverine on 24th July 2016, Elvis on 22nd August 2016, Uno on 22nd & 29th August 2016, Orion & Soyuz on 25th August 2016 and Pacific on 29th August 2016. Hungry Hungry Hippo - Photo by Sue Sayer of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust
This information regarding tagged seals seen in the wild is copyright of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust.

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.
Feeding Wild Seals is bad!
You may have read in the National Newspapers recently about some people feeding seals in the Cornish habours.

Find out why here and please spread the word by sharing widely on facebook, twitter, etc.,! Thank you!

Click here to watch Dan Jarvis, a member of the Animal Care team, being interviewed by Sky TV News and BBC Spotlight News on 8th & 9th August 2016.
Seals in the Wild

Video Gallery
Click on the photos below to watch short videos of some of the residents filmed over the Summer 2016. Enjoy!
Resident Grey Seals resting at the end of a busy day - Summer 2016 Resident Grey Seals in the Convalescent Pool - Summer 2016 Resident Sea Lions - Summer 2016
Resident Common Seals - Babyface and sons - Summer 2016 Resident Otters, Apricot and Harris,  - Summer 2016 Resident Penguins - Summer 2016

Staff Photos
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Summer Events
Find out about Dory and friends this Summer!

Dive into SEA LIFE this summer between 16th July and 30th September 2016 and learn all about blue tangs and clownfish like Dory and Nemo.

Join the Cornish Seal Sanctuary on an interactive trail where you´ll discover facts about the real life versions of your favourite Disney Pixar characters.

Complete the trail and you´ll have earned your exclusive Finding Dory reward!

For more information, please click here.
Find out about Dory and friends this Summer!
Find out about Dory and friends     Find out about Dory and friends

Walk for Whales 2016
A huge Thank You to everyone who took part to raise awareness and money for The Whale and Dolphin Conservation charity which took place on 26th June 2016 at eleven Sea Life centres around the UK near you.
Walk for Whales

VIP Sea Lion Experience
Get up close and personal with the VIP Southern Sea Lion Feeding experience at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary where you can feed the resident Southern Sea Lions, Noito & Diego, in an experience like no other in Cornwall!   Click here for more details.

Beach Clean 2016
The Great British Beach Clean weekend with the Marine Conservation Society is on 16th - 20th September 2016, keep an eye on the MCS website for dates, times and locations of your nearest beach cleans!

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 an average daily mileage of 26!!

Yes 11 marathons in 11 days!!
Click here to read more.
Trek Cornwall 2016

Wish List Gifts
Help the Seal Sanctuary to enrich the lives of the residents animals!

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary have an online wishlist of toys and equipment that the animals would love!

Lots of gifts to choose from if you would like to donate, many under £10.

Click here to visit the Sanctuary´s Wishlist page and choose which item, and request postage to:- The Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Gweek, Helston, Cornwall TR12 6UG.

Volunteer Work Placement Scheme
Are you over 18+ years old and would like to do some work experience or voluntary work at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Click here to learn more.

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, 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.

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

Dogs are Welcome
Did you know that the Cornish Seal Sanctuary loves well behaved dogs!

Dogs are always welcome at the Sanctuary provided they are kept on a lead. Please do not leave dog(s) in your car during your visit.

Also don´t forget to bring some poo bags with you to clear up after your dog(s).
Dogs are Welcome

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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