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Issue 168
December 2019


Video Gallery
We wanted to share how the pup season has been at the Seal Sanctuary so far, they have had 43 seal pups in their care going through the rehabilitation process and there is still lots at the Sanctuary if you would like to come and meet them!

Click here to watch a short video about the Seal Hospital during 2019.
The Seal Hospital has been
busy during 2019
Its Christmas Time Click here to watch a short video, Merry Christmas from everyone at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

Rescued Seal Pups 2019/20
Photos below of the rescued seal pups were taken between 27th and 31st December 2019. Some of these rescued pups have now been returned to the wild. Click on a photo below to see a larger version of the image. Enjoy!
The seal pups undergo final health checks and are released once they reach a weight target of 30kgs! So the following pups have been nursed back to health by the Animal Care Team and completed their rehabilitation and were successfully released back into the wild.

Arwen, Baloo, Bridget Jones, Mowgli, Pong and Smee on 2nd December 2019 at Porthtowan beach.

Captain Underpants, Elsa, Jorge, Little Miss Sunshine, Milo, Miss Trunchbull, Peppa Pig and Tin Tin on 17th December 2019 at Gunwalloe.

Hungry Caterpillar, Katniss, Lyra, Noddy, Pablo, Pippin and Smegol were released very early in the morning just after sunrise on 30th December 2019 at Dollar Cove (photos below) which is about 15 minutes drive from the Seal Sanctuary at Gweek. Katniss was first out of the trailer, followed a few minutes later by Pippin, Pablo, Smegol and Hungry Caterpillar. However, Noddy and Lyra were a little bit reluctant to leave the comfort of the trailer as the sea looked threatening but it wasn´t too long before they were...gone! Good luck little ones.

Click here to see a selection of photos taken at the release via our flickr account.
Seal Release - 30th December 2019

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.
BellaBella being checked by the Animal Care Team
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 or touch the pup;
DON´T attempt to put the pup back in the sea;
DON´T ignore the situation;
DO tell the appropriate organisation.

When you ring an appropriate organisation, please be prepared to give an exact location of the seal, your contact details, what condition is the seal in for example is it alone, thin, injured or seems unwell (noisy breathing, coughing, runny nose). Tell people around you to keep clear of the seal by at least 50 metres, if you can, draw a circle in the sand around the pup.

Remember most often seals come out of the water on to land to rest, digest after eating their food, relax and sleep.

Photo Gallery
We hope you enjoy the selection of photos taken during this month, click here or on the photo of your choice below to see a larger version of the image.

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:-

Alpha on 12th December 2019,
Beast on 2nd, 5th, 9th, 16th & 30th December 2019.

Bridget Jones was seen on 5th December 2019, she seemed quite happy to be amongst the adults.
This photo of Bridget Jones was taken by Sue Sayer of CSGRT.
Bridget Jones
Harry Harry (photo left) seen on 2nd, 5th, 16th, 23rd, 29th & 30th December 2019,
Joy Division on 5th & 30th December 2019,
Jubilee on 12th December 2019,
Juno on 27th December 2019,
Knight Rider on 23rd December 2019,
Nampara on 23rd December 2019,
Orion on 5th, 9th, 12th, 16th & 23rd December 2019, Panther on 2nd & 5th December 2019,
Pebbles on 5th December 2019,
Petunia on 9th & 12th December 2019,
Platypus on 30th December 2019,
Polurrian on 23rd December 2019,
Rocket Dog on 5th & 12th December 2019,
Sam on 16th December 2019,
Shuttle on 2nd & 30th December 2019,
Snowdrop (photo right) on 9th, 23rd, 29th & 30th December 2019.

This above information regarding tagged seals seen in the wild is copyright of the CSGRT.
Pong - Photo credit - Ireland Seal Rescue Centre Pong was spotted on 26th December 2019 chilling out at Carne beach, Co. Wexford in Ireland a cool 226km from where he was released at Porthtowan in Cornwall on 2nd December 2019.

Seal Rescue Centre in Ireland said on their facebook page "Pong seemed to be of good body condition and went off swimming as our volunteer Shauna Murphy attended. Hopefully, he´ll continue to thrive in the wild!"

Photo credit : Seal Rescue Centre Ireland
Baloo has appeared on Irish shores on 30th December 2019 in Ballinoulart, Co. Wexford looking skinny and tired but with a bright yellow adornment on his back flipper.

His finder Ronan messaged the Irish Seal Rescue Centre a photo and they sent a volunteer Ericka out to take a look but in the meantime the wee guy had taken a dip and headed out to sea. Click on this link to read more.

Photo credit : Seal Rescue Centre Ireland

Dogs are
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.
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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