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Issue 172
April 2020


Rescued Seal Pups 2019/2020
As you know the Cornish Seal Sanctuary is currently temporarily closed to the Public following advice from Public Health England to help contain Covid-19. During this time you can still support the Sanctuary by donating by phone, please text SEAL 5 to 70085 to make a £5 donation or you can opt to donate any whole amount up to £20. There is another way to donate via their Website.

The final four rescued seal pups, Captain Hook, Elmer, Frida and Willy Wonka, of 2019/20 season were weighed to make sure they had achieved a target release weight of 30kgs or above, before making the short journey to Dollar Cove, which is a 15 minutes drive from Gweek, on 1st April 2020. Click here to watch a short video of the seal release.

So far this season (2019/20) 64 seal pups have been rescued, this is less than last year (2018/19) but enough to keep the Animal Care team busy. There were more particular injuries this year including a few net entangements and eye ulcers.

Thank You for all for your support, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary couldn´t do their valuable work without you.

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.

Looking on the Lighter side
Quick, they have just delivered toilet rolls I will swap it for a bucket of fish
Did she wash her hands for 20 seconds I said go and get some fish
Its Mine, I saw it first Quick, Grace has got some Hand Gel

Cornish Seal Sanctuary Seal School!
Join the Cornish Seal Sanctuary every Monday for the latest edition of the home education package, free for you to download.

There are 6 workbooks and adult answer books, covering 6 weeks´ worth of education. The topics range from our "changing world", to "seals and sea lions" to "ocean habitats and marine mammals."

These workbooks have been created by the education team at the Sanctuary and are in line with the current curriculum. Join the team as they take you on a world of discovery and learning whilst making it fun and enjoyable at the same time!
Cornish Seal Sanctuary Seal School
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary are excited to give you a glimpse into our marine world. Click here to Download.

Video Gallery

Why not Spend a few minutes watching Ray´s Feeding time, the Penguin´s enrichment
and it must be time to...Adopt a Resident!

Also take a walk down memory lane with some of the residents from the 1980´s! Does anyone remember meeting Gladys, Spitfire or Scooby?
Ray Feeding Time - April 2020 Penguin Enrichment Time Adopt an Animal - 2020
Captain Hook at the Seal Sanctuary - January 2020 - April 2020 The story of Squidge Spitfire, Gladys and Scooby

This Month´s Press Releases
In the 60 years of the Cornish Seal Sanctuary being an animal rescue facility, they have never had to close their doors for such a long period of time.

With the necessary extension of the Coronavirus related lockdown in the UK, the Sanctuary is concerned over how they will continue to be able to cover the costs to feed and care for their animals. Click here to read more.
News of the extended lockdown sees the Seal Sanctuary fearful over how will they continue to care for their animals
Turn your Lockdown non-essentials into seal essentials Turn your Lockdown non-essentials into seal essentials

It feels so long ago since we could treat ourselves to a night out, hair cut or even a takeaway coffee during the daily commute.

With the Seal Sanctuary in Cornwall now closed due to Covid-19, the team are turning to the public asking for donations of their lockdown non-essentials to help them to continue looking after the marine animals in their care. Click here to read more.

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:-

Pippin on 6th April 2020,
Alpha on 6th, 18th, 21st and 25th April 2020,
Piglet on 6th and 11th April 2020,
Smegol on 11th April 2020,
Snowdrop and Woody on 14th April 2020,
The Shining on 14th, 18th and 25th April 2020,
Orion on 18th April 2020,
Strawberry Shortcake on 25th April 2020.

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

(c) Photo Credit : Sue Sayer (CSGRT) - Pippin (left) Snowdrop (right)
Pippin - 6th April 2020 Snowdrop - 14th April 2020

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

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