SOS logo News Update Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Issue 160
May 2019


2018/19 Season - Seal Pups Rescues
Arnold, Kiss, Magnum P.I., Miss Pacman, My Little Pony and Space Invader have completed their rehabilitation at the Seal Sanctuary and were released back into the wild on 10th May 2019 at Porthtowan beach.

Click here to watch a short video of the seal release.

Photo Credit: Lizzi Larbalestier - British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR)
Seal Release - Photo Credit:  Lizzi Larbalestier
Puffalump and GI Joe G.I. Joe (photo left) and Puffalump were released back into the wild on 10th May 2019 at Dollar Cove on the south coast of Cornwall.
Strawberry Shortcake Whitney Houston
Joy Division A-ha
Rubic Cube Bananarama

Impacts on Marine Debris
Impacts on Marine Debris Many different species of marine life are affected by entanglement from marine debris; from cetaceans, turtles, sea birds and seals. Each year the rate of entanglements around the UK has increased, causing serious welfare implications for a large number of species.

There are 34 pinniped species around the world, inhabiting different areas of the globe, and just over 55% of these are affected by some form of marine entanglement.

Click here to read more.

Plastic Bottles Left on our Beaches
Too many people leave rubbish behind on the beach when they visit during the summer months, this is washed away in to the sea joining the millions of plastic items found around our coast.
Later in the year when the seal pups are born they can be surrounded by plastic pollution including bottles, it is on the beach and in the sea and will cause harm to all marine life.

Click here to see a larger version of this and a further photo.
Plastic Bottles left on Beaches
Plastic Bottles left on Beaches You can help our oceans and our wildlife by disposing of your rubbish properly and recycling correctly. Try to reduce, reuse and then recycle and consider your purchases. Join in with a beach, town, river or roadside clean - it is important we try and remove litter from all habitats, not just our oceans.

You can join the Cornish Seal Sanctuary´s staff for regular beach cleans, just click here for the dates.

Click here to watch a video of the seal pup on a beach.

Leave as you Find Us!
We wanted to share this with you and a reminder!

Haley Dolton from University of Exeter, Penryn made the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust this beautiful "infographic" leaflet describing the ideal seal interaction showing how to watch seals safely!

Do you watch seals from land? If so, here is some good sound advice about how to get the best view of seals. Click here to find out more!
Leave as you find!

Marine Pollution Display
Marine Pollution Display The Cornish Plastic Pollution Coalition (CPPC) is made up of over 50 marine conservation groups, environmental groups and science experts in Cornwall.

The coalition uses its collective knowledge and experience to deliver free education workshops, carry out research and investigation, as well as awareness raising and lobbying.
The CPPC were resident at the Seal Sanctuary for 4 days over Whitsun half-term school break. The education volunteers took in turn to be present each day, sharing their knowledge and explaining the reason behind each of the fascinating displays made from plastics picked up during beach cleans.

If you would like more information, please visit the Cornish Plastic Pollution Coalition´s facebook page.
Do you know how much you can find on our beaches.
Amongst the display, this monster munch crisp bag dated May 1986 was found on the beach recently.

Here are a selection of photos taken of some of the displays in Sanctuary´s shop by the cafe.

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Marine Pollution Display

Photo Gallery
Apricot Harris
Jinx Andre
Apricot and Harris Make a Difference
Badger Paddock
Jinx and Tamara Playground
View of Nursery and Convalescent Pools Flipper tag ID numbers for rescued seal pups for 2018-19
Marvin, Steve, Ernie and Bertie Paddock
Cornish Seal Sanctuary Atlanta
Badger Convalescent pool
Squidge loves playing with the shadows Apricot
Convalescent pool Badger
Babyface Grey Seal Pool
Grey Seal Pool Paddock
Hope Elliott

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service joined the Sanctuary to up-skills in seal pup rescue!
The Sanctuary were contacted by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service as the Animal Rescue team wanted to further their knowledge of seal pups in order to aid their rescue work around the coast.

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary rehabilitate over 70 seal pups every season, that have been rescued from around the Cornish coastline, so the team were more than experienced to be able to teach the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service team all about seal rescue. Click here to read more.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service joined the Cornish Seal Sanctuary to up-skills in seal pup rescue!

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.
Pup being checked by staff at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary 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.

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:-
Panther was seen on 2nd May 2019,
Wolf (photo right) on 7th May 2019,
Woody on 15th May 2019,
Alpha on 20th May 2019,
Orion and Polurrian on 23rd May 2019,
Harry and Jewell on 27th May 2019.

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

Photo credit: Sue Sayer of CSGRT
Wolf - Photo Credit: Sue Sayer

Enrichment Toys - #Wishlist
Wishlist Enrichment is really important to the animals at the Seal Sanctuary as it keeps them stimulated and active.

If you would like to buy a toy for one of the animals, please head to:-

You might be surprised to see a "Disco Ball" on the Sanctuary´s wish list, we will let you in on a secret..Shhh!!!...the Penguins love shiny things!

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 1st May 2019
to mid September 2019
Opening Times
11am - 5pm with
Last Admissions at 3.30pm
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:-

World Ocean Day - 8th June 2019 between 2pm and 3pm

at Coverack beach

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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