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Issue 165
September 2019


Seal Pups 2019/20 Rescue Season
Popeye Popeye, 4 weeks male common seal pup, was rescued from Treyarnon Bay in Padstow on 31st August 2019.

Once Popeye´s eye is healed, he will be moved to the outside nursery pools for his next stage of rehabilitation. In the meantime, Popeye is doing really well, feeding on his own.
Matilda, first whitecoat of 2019/20 season seal pup, was rescued on 3rd September 2019 from Crackington Haven beach. This one week old female seal pup was found with superficial wounds and a high temperature.

Matilda has sadly passed away on 19th September 2019; it is always very sad when one of the rescued pups dies but sometimes these little ones just don´t have enough antibodies and strength in them to pull through, despite the best efforts of all the staff at Cornish Seal Sanctuary.
Frodo Baggins Frodo Baggins, 4-5 weeks old male grey seal pup, was rescued on 17th September 2019 from St Ives´ Bay.

He had positioned himself on a rocky plateau and needed to be approached carefully and with some planning to avoid him falling off and injuring himself.

He weighed 31kgs but had an open wound on his back, was very quiet and had a low temperature.
Pong, a 3 days old male whitecoat seal pup, was rescued from Porthcothan beach on 22nd September 2019.

The pup was monitored for 24 hours by members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) before a decision was made to rescue it, the pup must have been separated from his mum. Pong weighed 12.5kgs.
Elsa Elsa, a 2-3 weeks old female seal pup, rescued from Boscastle harbour on 24th September 2019.

This pup had a ruptured left eye, small puncture wounds to the back of her neck, superficial wound on left whisker bed.
Arwen, a 1 week old female whitecoat pup, was rescued from Porth Joke beach on 25th September 2019.

The pup was somehow separated from her mum. The BDMLR tried to relocate Arwen to another part of the beach away from public, but unfortunately after monitoring for 24 hours, it was obvious that the pup was alone so the next day she was rescued and relayed to Gweek. Weighed 15kgs.
Super-Worm Super-Worm, a 2 weeks old male whitecoat seal pup, was rescued from Holywell Bay beach on 25th September 2019.

This pup had deep wounds on his rear flippers and tail. Also he had a high temperature of 40.3 when found on the beach. Weighed 18kgs.
Baloo, a 3-4 weeks old male seal pup, was rescued from Crackington Haven on 30th September 2019.

This 17kgs moulted pup was found covered in multiple bite wounds and flies hanging around him. The BDMLR Medics were welcomed with a face of exhaustion and sunken eyes but a body that just had enough reserves to still fight his rescuers.

Photo credit : BDMLR
Mowgli Mowgli, a 3 weeks old male seal pup, was rescued from Hell´s Mouth on 30th September 2019.

This pup had superficial wounds to his tail and was malnourished. He weighed 14.5kgs at time of rescue.

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Photo Gallery
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Cornish Seal Sanctuary Lola (blue tag), Yoni (yellow tag) and Gilbert (green tag)
This lovely couple enjoying their breakfast at the Sanctuary Rescued seal pup Frodo in the hospital on 20th September 2019
Cornish Seal Sanctuary Our lovely handsome Ray
Our Gorgerous Sheba...45 years old! Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Atlanta saying she wants a fish this long Our lovely handsome Andre
Mikolaj encouraging Jinx to follow him to get some exercise! Some of the fabulous Animal Care team and volunteers!
Feeding in the convalescent pool Marlin looking handsome
Pumpkin loves playing his hula hoop Aprico cleaning herself with a pebble - stone after breakfast
Cornish Seal Sanctuary Dennis
Bertie Feeding time in the convalescent pool

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.

#putpupsfirst Campaign
Each season the Cornish Seal Sanctuary rehabilitates over 70 seal pups that have been rescued for various reasons, from malnourishment to being separated from their mum.
putpupsfirst Campaign As it is now the grey seal pup season here in Cornwall, the Sanctuary are starting their #putpupsfirst campaign to help anyone who comes across a seal pup whilst on the beach or exploring the Cornish coastline.

The staff would love for you to share this post, using the hashtag #putpupsfirst so we can help our wild seals by more people being aware of how to behave around them and their pups.

360° Virtual Reality Seal Pup Experience
During your next visit to the Seal Sanctuary why not take part in the Exclusive 360° Virtual Reality Seal Pup Experience, bringing you face to face with rescued seal pups on their journey to being released back into the wild.

Learn about the rescue work, see behind the scenes of the seal hospital and join the pups for feeding time.
Exclusive 360 Virtual Reality Seal Pup Experience

Post Release Monitoring of Seals
Harry - 16th September 2019 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:-

Orion on 2nd and 26th September 2019,
Boo on 6th September 2019,
Harry (
photo left) on 16th September 2019,
Riley on 23rd and 26th September 2019,
Alpha and Beast on 26th September 2019.
This above information regarding tagged seals seen in the wild is copyright of the CSGRT.

Guide Books
Ice Cream
Here is the front cover of the latest Sanctuary´s Guide book.

If during your next visit you purchase a copy, the profits go towards the care of the rescued seal pups in the hospital.
We love dogs! And in this hot weather, what is better than a chill out in the shade overlooking the Helford with a cool ice cream?
The Sanctuary stock ice cream for dogs and they love it! Here is Tara enjoying her Doggie Ice Cream. Say hello to the seals and give your dog a cooling treat!
Souvenir Guide Book Doggie Ice Cream

Dogs are
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.
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 2019!

The next planned is:-

Thursday 10th October 2019 between 10.30am and 11.30am

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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