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Issue 176
Summer 2020

Cornish Seal Sanctuary
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is now open, so why not come and join the staff to enjoy some fresh air, amazing scenery and the lovely animal residents?

Click here to watch a short video by Jana Sirova, the General Manager for the Seal Sanctuary.

You must book your arrival time on the official website to guarantee entry so please visit for more information. The sanctuary team and residents can´t wait to see you!
Cornish Seal Sanctuary

The 2020/21 Seal Pup Rescue Season has started!
Chicken Nugget - Photo credit - Michelle Robinson Clement - BDMLR Chicken Nugget, the first rescued whitecoat of 2020/21 pupping season, was rescued on 22nd August 2020 from a very busy Millook Haven beach near Bude by members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) marine mammal medics.

This female pup was found extremely lethargic with a fast breathing rate and temperature of 39.4°. She weighed 24kgs. Click here to read more.

Photo Credit : Michelle Robinson Clement (BDMLR)
French Fry, 5 days old male whitecoat seal pup, was rescued on 30th August 2020 from Portheras Cove by the BDMLR marine mammal medics.

The rescue team watched him for many hours over two days before making the decision that the pup needed help, as his mum never returned to feed him meaning he would starve without intervention. Click here to read more.

Photo Credit : Denise Gent (BDMLR)
French Fry - Photo credit - Denise Gent

How would you like the opportunity
to name a seal pup?!
Name a Rescued Seal Pup The Sanctuary´s new pup sponsorship programme for 2020/21 rescue season allows you to support seal pups in need and follow a pups journey from rescue to release, giving you more of a chance to be involved than ever.   You will receive:-

• The chance to name a pup*
• Pup updates (including photos)
• The opportunity to attend the pup´s release*
• One entry for up to four people to visit the pup
• A pup adoption pack
Pup sponsorship is £250...If you want to sponsor a pup or for more information, please call 01326 221361!

*Any inappropriate names will not be allowed. Invitation to the release will be given, however, please be aware that due to weather and sea conditions, sometimes notice can be very short, i.e. the day before. The Seal Sanctuary will film and send you the release in these cases.

SEA LIFE Trust´s Ambassador, Jena, visits Ray!
Say hello to Ray´s friend and ambassador for the SEA LIFE Trust´s Charity´s Jena Goldsack, who visited him during the first weekend of July. She lends her voice and supports the Charity´s important worldwide marine conservation work, joined the staff and visited the Sanctuary.

Jena is a SEA LIFE Trust ambassador and has been involved in some incredible projects with our sister site at @belugawhalesanctuary

Both Ray and the team loved meeting Jena and her family @jenagoldsack!
Jena Goldsack

Happy Birthday Noito Happy 15th Birthday Noito!

It was Noito´s 15th birthday on 1st July 2020 so the Animal Care Team made him this fantastic fish cake over the first weekend of July!

Who could not be happy having a
birthday party with yummie cake!

Happy 16th Birthday Apricot!

It was a very special day at the Sanctuary on 23rd July, Apricot celebrated her 16th birthday!

As you can see, Apricot and her partner Harris absolutely loved opening her presents!
Happy Birthday Apricot

Photo Gallery
We hope you enjoy the selection of photos taken in August, click here or on the photo of your choice below to see a larger version.

Seals in the Wild
We, the Media Team, were out and about with our cameras in early August checking on the seals at some of the haul out areas in Cornwall. During our tour, we found seals in the harbour at St Ives and Newquay.

Please never feed a wild grey seal, even if it begs (they can look very sad), as this leads to a lifetime of humanised behaviour and you risk injuring yourself and the seal.

If you come across a seal in the wild in Cornwall, please take a photo(s) and send them to with the location.

The lovely volunteer Rangers for the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust kindly identified the seals in some of our photos.

Photo 1 - STIF2 Wings S89, Photo 2 - STIF4 Box Desk S326, Photo 3 & 4, Photo 5 - Trunk.
STIF2 Wings S89 - St Ives Harbour STIF4 Box Desk S326  - St Ives Harbour Seals in the Wild - St Ives Bay Seals in the Wild - St Ives Bay Trunk - Newquay Harbour

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:-

Orion on 5th, 18th & 20th July 2020 and 1st & 8th August 2020
Hufflepuff on 6th, 9th, 11th & 26th July and 12th August 2020
Snowdrop on 7th July 2020, 22nd and 26th August 2020
Whist on 12th and 23rd July 2020
Tess on 18th July 2020
Jewell on 18th July 2020 and 3rd August 2020
Elvis on 23rd July 2020
Leon on 1st August 2020
Petunia on 5th and 8th August 2020
Polurrian, Footloose, Alpha, Woody, Panther and Mawgan on 22nd August 2020
Billie Jean on 29th August 2020

Click on this link to watch a short video of Leon chillin´ out in the wild - this was filmed by Pharic McGregor.
Leon - Photo taken by Pharic McGregor
Caiman - 29th July 2020 - Photo Credit : Saeed Rashid Caiman was seen on 29th July 2020 looking very relaxed by Saeed Rashid, Photographer from Bournemouth. Saeed was diving off Lundy Island.

Click here to see a larger version of this amazing image and a further two photos of Caiman.

Photo Credit : Saeed Rashid
Smegol on 22nd August 2020
Piglet on 16th & 28th July 2020 and 1st, 22nd & 23rd August 2020

Photo credit : Sue Sayer of CSGRT

Piglet (left) and Smegol (right) having a meet up! They must know each other from their rehab days.
Piglet - left and Smegol - right
This above information regarding tagged seals seen in the wild is copyright of the CSGRT.
Pippi Longstocking - Photo credit - The Seal Project Pippi Longstocking was seen in South Devon on 31st August 2020 by members of The Seal Project.

Click here to see a larger image of this and three further photos of Pippi Longstocking in the wild.

Photo Credit : The Seal Project

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

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.

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

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