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Issue 169
January 2020


Rescued Seal Pups 2019/20
We wanted to share how the 2019/20 rescued pups season has been going at the Seal Sanctuary, they have had 51 seal pups in their care going through the rehabilitation process, many have been released,
but there are still lots at the Sanctuary. This month saw the rescue of these pups:-

Brienne of Tarth on 5th January 2020 from Holywell Bay beach
Paddington Bear on 11th January 2020 from Porthminster beach
Mawgan on 11th January 2020 from Mawgan Porth beach
Mog on 12th January from Cow beach at Rosemullion Head
Horrid Henry on 14th January 2020 from Lowland Point Lizard
Eliza Doolittle on 15th January 2020 from Kynance Cove beach
Hannibal on 18th January 2020 from south side of nearby Mousehole and
Captain Hook on 25th January 2020 from Cot Valley in St Just
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!

Photos below of the rescued seal pups were taken on 31st January 2020.
Click on any photo to see a larger version. Enjoy!

The seal pups undergo final health checks and are released once they reach a target weight of 30kgs! So Aslan, Cruella de Vil, Joker, Mr Bump, Mr Darcy, Mrs Tiggy Winkle and Wally having been nursed back to health by the Animal Care Team and completing their rehabilitation process, were successfully released back into the wild on 20th January 2020 at Dollar Cove.
Seal ReleaseSeal Release on 20th January 2020 at Dollar Cove
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.

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.
Aayla and Willow eating a conger eel with Jinx looking on...hoping to get a bit! Sheba was really enjoying her conger eel afternoon snack - looks delicious!
Aayla and Willow eating the conger eel with Jinx looking on Sheba enjoying her conger eel - this is so delicious!
Bananarama having an afternoon nap Willow is thinking...pity this isn´t a fish!
Bananarama Willow
Mikolaj feeding the common seals Megan with Noito and Diego
Mikolaj feeding the common seals Megan with Noito and Diego
Bracken Tuppence
Bracken Tuppence
Elliot and Marianne with Diego and Noito, the Patagonian Sea Lions Ali, Katherine, Faith, Mikolaj, Laura, Elliot, Zoe, Marianne, Megan and Natalie
Elliot and Marianne with Diego and Noito, the Patagonian Sea Lions Ali, Katherine, Faith, Mikolaj, Laura, Elliot, Zoe, Marianne, Megan and Natalie
Badger and Pumpkin Pumpkin
Badger and Pumpkin Pumpkin

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.

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.
Plastic Bottles left on BeachesPlastic 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. Seal Sanctuary´s staff have regular beach cleans. Beach clean dates for 2020 to appear here soon.

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:-

Hufflepuff on 3rd, 17th & 28th January 2020,
Whist on 4th & 20th January 2020,
(photo below - right) and Snowdrop on 6th January 2020,
Beast on 6th, 9th, 10th, 23rd & 30th January 2020,
Orion on 6th, 9th & 23rd January 2020,
Snowdrop on 6th, 13th & 23rd January 2020,
Rocket Dog on 6th & 23rd January 2020,
(photo below - left) and Pebbles on 9th January 2020,
Sam on 9th, 13th, 17th, 23rd, 27th & 30th January 2020,
Petunia on 9th, 13th, 23rd January 2020 & 30th January 2020,
Harry on 9th, 17th, 23rd & 30th January 2020,
Riley on 13th January 2020,
Angel, Neil, Sabre Tooth & Alpha on 23rd January 2020,
Footloose and Woody on 27th January 2020 and
Jenga, Platypus, Polurrian, Strawberry Shortcake & The Shining on 30th January 2020.

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

(c) Photo Credit : Sue Sayer (CSGRT) - Goonies (left) He-Man (right)
Goonies - Photo by Sue Sayer - CSGRT He-Man - Photo by Sue Sayer - CSGRT
Also this month Wet Wet Wet was spotted in Ireland at Bride´s Head beach in Wicklow Town on 21st January 2020! Hauled out alive and well hanging out with a group of other grey seals.

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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