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Issue 175
June 2020

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Cornish Seal Sanctuary opens on 19th June 2020
Cornish Seal Sanctuary Following on from the announcement on 10th June 2020, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary are delighted that they will be opening from Friday 19th June 2020. The Sanctuary will begin by opening 3 days a week and you must pre-book a time slot for your visit via the offical website: sealsanctuary.sealifetrust.org/en/tickets/

Please read the FAQs page before booking.

The Staff and Residents are very excited to see you all back very soon.
The re-opening weekend was fantastic on 19th-21st June 2020! Thank you to everyone who came to visit the Seal Sanctuary and who stuck to the social distancing guidelines.

If you would like to visit we are next open Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th June 2020!

Don´t forget to book your time slot on line via the official website: slots are disappearing fast!
Cornish Seal Sanctuary


Seals and People - A Virtual Conference
Grace Jones Seal Sanctuary are so pleased to be involved in the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust "Sharing Our Seas" virtual conferences between 27th June & 4th July 2020.

Grace Jones, member of the Animal Care Team, featured on the topic of Seal pup rehabilitation, you can see the incredible journey that pups take from rescue to release going through the Sanctuary´s rehab programme.

There are lots of other amazing people that are part of the series so make sure to check out the other videos to learn more! Click here to watch.


Love Island´s Lucie is an Ambassador for
the Seal Sanctuary
Say hello to Ray´s new friend and ambassador for the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Lucie Rose Donlan!

It came as a huge surprise when local celebrity and ocean lover, Lucie used her impressive following to help spread awareness of the Sanctuary´s cause, which helped with not only awareness but also donations.

Lucie is a professional model and free surfer based in Newquay, Cornwall. You may also recognise Lucie from the UK hit Reality TV Show, Love Island.
Click here to read more.
Love Island's Lucie couples up with the Seal Sanctuary


Virtual "Sprint for Seals" Fundraising Challenge
Virtual Sprint for Seals Fundraising Challenge - June 2020 This month´s fundraising challenge that will support Sanctuary´s Seals and help you get moving! Can you help the Sanctuary and travel 1200km before the end of June? Join in with the Virtual Sprint for Seals Fundraising Challenge! You can travel as much or as little as you want - any way you want to!

Walk around your garden, go up and down your stairs or during your outdoor daily exercise. All you need to do is measure the distance you travel and let the Cornish Seal Sanctuary know!
You can support the animals by fundraising as you go.

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary need your support more than ever - there are also medals and a fundraising prize available.

For more details: Click here.
Virtual Sprint for Seals Fundraising Challenge - June 2020


Photo Gallery!
Missing you all photos


Need you Support Update: 4th June 2020 - Jana Sirova, the General Manager for the Seal Sanctuary, said "In light of the announcement from Defra this week that zoos and sanctuaries are to remain closed for the foreseeable, things are increasingly difficult for animals charities like us. As we are still unable to open, our future is of great concern. We can´t continue our work without you. If you are able to support us in any way, then please make a donation towards our appeal to help us going during these difficult times. Thank you." #saveoursanctuaries


Sanctuary Appeals in "Open Letter" to DEFRA
After almost three months of closure The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is now facing tremendous debt and uncertain future. Having been refused the much needed government Zoo grant, the charity now appeals to DEFRA through an open letter for further support in this crisis.

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary, SEA LIFE Trust has written an open letter to DEFRA in response to the ruling last week that sanctuaries, zoos and aquariums must remain closed whilst gardens, outdoor land maintained for public use and even indoor shops, pubs and restaurants have all been allowed to open in June.
Cornish Seal Sanctuary
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is appealing to DEFRA to re-evaluate their latest decision with regards to opening, and to look at the financial support they are currently offering, as many facilities are missing out due to situations beyond their own control. Click here to read more.


Seal Sanctuary´s Seal School!
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!
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary are excited to give you a glimpse into our marine world. Click here to Download.


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.
Impacts on Marine Debris


Adopt a Resident at the Sanctuary!
You can help support the Sanctuary from afar by adopting one of these beautiful faces!

Whether it´s a gift for yourself or a loved one, our adoptions make the perfect present whatever the occasion!

An animal adoption includes:-

2 free entries to the Sanctuary
20% voucher for the Café or Gift shop
Certificate of adoption
Cornish Seal Sanctuary gift
Photograph of your adopted animal
Profile of your adopted animal
Presentation folder

You can purchase your adoption online here sealsanctuary.sealifetrust.org and the Seal Sanctuary will get it posted out to you or send it directly to the person you are purchasing a pack for!


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:-

Hufflepuff on 6th, 7th, 9th, 16th, 17th, 21st, 22nd and 25th June 2020
Tess on 13th, 14th, 20th and 23rd June 2020
Puffa on 20th June 2020

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



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

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