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Issue 170
February 2020


Rescued Seal Pups 2019/20
We think there is nothing cuter than a seal pup! Have you visited and met this season´s rescued seal pups yet?
You can Book online for the best ticket prices!

This month saw the rescue of pup:-
Tess on 16th February 2020 Tess, 20 weeks old female grey seal pup, was rescued on 16th February 2020 from Porthoustock beach. The pup had taken a bit of knock in the recent storms so has lots of wounds to her front flippers and chin. Tess on 20th February 2020
Also Tess had a high temperature and was a bit quiet. Don´t worry Tess just needed some TLC, the Animal Care Team have given her the best possible care in the hospital.

Photos below of the rescued seal pups were taken on 21st February 2020.
Click on any photo to see a larger version. Enjoy!
You can help support the work of the Cornish Seal Sanctuary as they care for the Residents and Rescued Seal Pups 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.

"Sprint for Seals" - 3K Muddy Fun Run!
Say hello to the seals and take in the view of the Helford estuary during the 3K muddy fun run at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary on Saturday 21st March 2020! You can get healthy whilst doing something to support the rescued seal pups. This 3K muddy fun run is open to all the family - even the dog(s)!

Registration 8.30am - Run starts at 9.30am. Click here for more information.

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.

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.

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:-

Magnum on 3rd February 2020,
Beast and Sam on 3rd & 6th February 2020,
Hufflepuff on 3rd, 6th, 7th, 10th, 19th, 20th, 22nd, 24th & 26th February 2020,
Panther on 3rd & 7th February 2020,
Orion on 3rd, 7th & 19th February 2020,
Harry on 3rd, 13th, 19th & 24th February 2020,
Smegol on 3rd & 19th February 2020,
Petunia and Strawberry Shortcake on 6th February 2020,
Elvis on 6th, 10th & 19th February 2020,
Platypus and Joy Division on 7th February 2020,
Footloose (photo below right) on 10th February 2020,
Goonies and Stephen Fry on 13th February 2020,
Pippin on 17th & 19th February 2020,
Snowdrop and Wham (photo below left) on 19th February 2020,
Shuttle on 19th & 24th February 2020,
Alpha on 24th February 2020.

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

(c) Photo Credit : Sue Sayer (CSGRT) - Wham (left) Footloose (right)

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

A Frequent Question: I´m on holiday in the area and can´t print my tickets

Answer: Although it is preferable and quicker if the front of house staff have a printed copy of your ticket, you can still book your tickets online in advance and make savings if you bring along the booking reference number (or can show the email confirmation on a mobile device) and some ID that matches the booking name. The Front of House Staff can then check the records and allow entry from there.

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

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