Blue Peter Film at the National Seal Sanctuary

BBC 1's Blue Peter have filmed at the National Seal Sanctuary, with the episode to be shown on the 3rd June 2009.

The children's programme, a favourite with many throughout the years, is shown on BBC 1 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4.35pm.

During May, the team have been filming at the Sanctuary, following the daily role of an animal care team specialist and an exclusive look at a seal release. Presenter Joel Defries tells the story.
Clare McGowan, Animal Care Worker and Joel Defries, Blue Peter presenter
The life in the day of the care team contains daily fish preparations, medicating any seals that need it, looking after the seal pups that may be in their care, weighing of the seals, etc.

Seal pups regularly need rescuing throughout the breeding season (around October - February) and will be looked after by the Sanctuary until they can be released back in to the wild.

The documentary follows the release of three seal pups who have completed their rehabilitation programme and are ready to be returned to the wild.

"We were really excited that Blue Peter felt the work we do here is so important that they needed to do experience it with us" said Clare McGowan, who stars in the programme shown in June.

"They followed the journey of a release, an opportunity that not many can say they've been apart of. Joel loved every minute of it, especially when he was able to do some training with our very large and exciting fur seals!" added Clare.

This exciting programme can be seen on BBC 1 on Wednesday 3rd June 2009 at 4.35pm.

Press release issued by The National Seal Sanctuary
Date: 26th May 2009
For more information, please contact Laura Ward or Clare McGowan on 01326 221361

Programme to be shown Wednesday 3rd June 2009 at 4.35pm - 5pm.
Images includes Clare McGowan and Joel Defries, Blue Peter presenter

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