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Issue 158
March 2019


Rescued Seal Pups 2018/19
On 19th March 2019 rescued seal pups, Pamela Anderson, Cyndia Lauper, Pet Shop Boys, Karma Chameleon, Cher and Hope, nursed back to health by the Animal Care Team at the Gweek were released back into the wild - watched by hundreds of well-wishers.

Among the pups released at Porthtowan beach was Hope, rescued by a member of the Animal Care team in January after she had become entangled in netting, causing a deep wound to her neck which became infected.
Seal Release - 19th March 2019
Hope - Seal Release - 19th March 2019 Hope (photo left) has really thrived during her rehabilitation and the team are excited to see her take her next step in her journey, being released back into the wild.

Zoe, a member of the Animal Care Team said "We are happy to confirm that all the pups went out quickly and enjoyed the waves! Our team stayed an hour after the release to ensure they were safe."
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary admitted the number of people wanting to see the charity´s first public release for more than 15 years had taken staff by surprise and it apologised for disruption caused in Porthtowan on Tuesday afternoon.

Click here to see a selection of photos of the seal release via our flickr account.

Click here to watch the seal release video.
Seal Release - 19th March 2019
Beach Clean - Seal Release - 19th March 2019 As the seal pups were being released, a pod of dolphins appeared off shore, maybe they had come to welcome the pups back home.

After the release, as Sanctuary staff kept an eye on the seal pups swimming off in the distance they helped with a beach clean.

Both the BBC and ITV were there to cover the release, Click here to watch BBC Spotlight.
A few days later on Friday 22nd March 2019 Biggie Smalls, Molly Ringwald, Miami Vice, Run DMC, Slash and JGM were released back into the wild at Gunwalloe which is only 10 minutes drive from Gweek.

Biggie Smalls was last out of the trailer and look a bit reluctant for a while but once the water touched her flippers...gone!

Photo Credit: Denise Gent (BDMLR Medic)
Seal Release - Photo credit Denise Gent
Click on a photo below to see a larger version of the seal pups at the Sanctuary. Enjoy!

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.

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:-
CSGRT logo Alpha on 2nd, 4th, 7th, 11th & 21st March 2019,
Beast on 2nd, 4th, 7th, 11th, 18th, 25th & 30th March 2019,
Jewell, Puffa & Spiderman on 4th March 2019,
Neptune on 4th & 7th March 2019,
Boo & Nampara on 7th March 2019,
Shuttle on 7th, 11th & 21st March 2019,
Elizabeth (Kitty) on 7th & 21st March 2019,
Wham on 18th March 2019,
Orion on 18th & 25th March 2019,
Snowdrop on 22nd March 2019,
Indiana Jones, Rocket Dog & Shrek on 25th March 2019,
Elvis on 25th & 28th March 2019,
Whist on 28th & 30th March 2019.
This above information regarding tagged seals seen in the wild is copyright of the CSGRT.

Stevie on holiday in Cornwall!
Stevie, a male grey seal, was rescued off the coast of Norfolk in 2006 and rehabilitated at the Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary for several months. It was soon realised that he was completely blind so a permanent home was found for him at Sea Life Blankenberge in Belgium in 2007 where he lives happily with Californian Sea Lions.

He is currently on holiday here at Gweek for a month whilst his pool is being refurbished. Click here to read Stevie´s press release.
Stevie temporary resident

"Sprint for Seals" - 3k Family Fun Run
Sprint for Seals Amazing "Sprint for Seals" took place on Sunday morning 24th March 2019, look at all the runners!

Well done to all the participants - you all did an amazing job and raised some fantastic money for the seals.

Thanks again for joining in!

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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

Dates for Beach Cleans at Coverack
Get out your diaries! Here is a list of all the beach cleans for this year!

The next one is planned for:-

Saturday 20th April 2019 between 12noon and 1pm

Easter Egg Case Hunt at Coverack beach
with a Beach Clean

Click here for more information.
Beach clean dates for 2019

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

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