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Issue 157
February 2019


New Discovery Cove Playground
On 18th February 2019 the Sanctuary officially launched the brand new play area. "Discovery Cove Playground" mixes education with fun, allowing children to learn whilst playing.

The Sanctuary invited local families to come and officially open the play area, with the children able to be the first to experience the Sanctuary´s new exciting attraction.
Discovery Cove Playground
Discovery Cove Playground The Sanctuary has invested £60,000 into the playground, with the hope that children will not only enjoy the play element, but also be able to learn all about the marine environment and more about the seals that they meet during their visit.

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Big Seal Swim at Polurrian Bay Hotel!
Seal Sanctuary staff took part in the Big Seal Swim on 28th February 2019! Members of the team swam for 12 consecutive hours at Polurrian Bay Hotel in Mullion, who kindly granted the Sanctuary some space.

Those taking part were raising funds for the Sanctuary and the work undertaken in rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing seal pups from around the coastline.
Big Seal Swim at Polurrian Bay Hotel!
Big Seal Swim at Polurrian Bay Hotel! It was going to be a difficult task, but it was all worth it as the many lovely supporters had donated £1,039.70! by the day of the Big Seal Swim, the swimmers were all truly grateful!

It is not too late to Donate which can be made either via Justgiving or at the Sanctuary in Gweek.

The Sanctuary would like to thank all the wonderful supporters who have been with the Cornish Seal Sanctuary over the last 60+ years!

What a successful beach clean on Valentine´s Day at Coverack beach!! Four full bags were collected, accumulating to 14kgs of rubbish!

Thank you to everyone who came along. Keep a look out for more future beach cleans hosted by the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

#loveyourbeach #beachclean
Love Your Beach

Rescued Seal Pups 2018/19
Seal Release Agadoo, Purple Rain, Ra Ra, Roger Rabbit, Shirley and Wet Wet Wet have completed their rehabilitation and were released back in to the wild on 11th February 2019 at Dollar Dove.

Goonies, Indiana Jones, Morrissey, Mr T, Mullet, The Shining and Walkman were released at Porthtowan beach on 12th February 2019.

This photo was taken on 12th February 2019 by Lizzi Larbalestier of the BDMLR, click here to see a larger version.
Perm was rescued on 1st February 2019, Strawberry Shortcake on 5th February 2019, G.I. Joe on 8th February 2019, MS Pacman on 9th February 2019, Space Invader on 11th February 2019, My Little Pony on 16th February 2019, Whitney Houston, Puffalump (photo right) on 18th February 2019 and Fireman Sam on 27th February 2019.

Photo credit: Denise Gent (BDMLR)
Puffalump - Photo credit - Denise Gent

Adopt a Resident or a Rescued Seal Pup
Pups You can help support the work of The Cornish Seal Sanctuary as they care for Rescued Seal Pups and the Residents by joining the Adoption Scheme. Click here for more information.

Each Adoption makes a valuable contribution to the seal rescue programme, allowing the Sanctuary to provide continuing care for those seals and other marine mammals around our coasts that need our help and to look after those that are unable to be released back into the wild.

Just Giving
"Sprint for Seals" Event
Are your kids looking bored at you today because they want something to do with their Saturdays? Fear not! The Cornish Seal Sanctuary can help.

Every Saturday in March 2019 the Cornish Seal Sanctuary will be running the Conservation Club for 8 - 14 year olds!
Call Alex on 01326 221361
Did you know the Sanctuary have a Just Giving page? You can help with the work of rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing seal pups.

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary really appreciate your support, and couldn´t help pups like Morwenna without it. Click here for more details.
Say hello to the seals and take in the view of the Helford estuary during the 3K muddy fun run at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary on

Sunday 24th March 2019!

Registration 8.30am Run starts at 9.30am
Click here to read more.
Conservation Club Just Giving Fundraising Page Sprint for Seals

If you find a Seal in the Wild
For over 60 years the Sanctuary has been rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing pups from the Cornish coastline and beyond 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.
A quick reminder 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 being checked by staff at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Post Release Monitoring of Seals
With each update we will name any 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:-
Madonna - photo taken by Sue Sayer of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust Neptune and Shuttle on 04/02/2019,
Beast on 04, 07, 14, 18 & 26/02/2019,
Orion on 04/02/2019, 14/02/2019 & 18/02/2019
Elvis on 07/02/2019 & 18/02/2019,
Madonna (
photo left*) on 14/02/2019,
Alpha on 14/02/2018, 18/02/2019 and 28/02/2019;
Boo 14/02/2019 & 24/02/2019,
Jewell on 14/02/2019 & 18/02/2019,
Snowdrop on 14/02/2019, 18/02/2019 & 28/02/2019,
Harry on 18th February 2019 and
Petunia & Sam on 28/02/2019.
*(c)Photo credit - Sue Sayer of CSGRT

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

Dogs are
New Leaflet
for 2019!
A special way to honour a birthday, special occasion or to commemorate the life of a loved one, while supporting an important cause.

To purchase an adoption, simply call the Seal Sanctuary on 01326 221361 or purchase your adoption pack during your visit!   Please click here for more details.
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).
Click here to download a printer friendly pdf version of the Sanctuary´s leaflet.

As from 5th November 2018
to mid April 2019
Opening Times
11am - 4pm with
Last Admissions at 3pm
Animal Adoptions Dogs are always welcome Latest leaflet

This news update has been put together by volunteers/supporters of the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

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