News Update News Update Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Issue 184
February 2021


Rescued Seal Pups 2020/21
This beautiful melanistic seal pup meaning pure black, not usual in grey seals, was found malnourished and with a suspected respiratory infection with a very unusual coat!

The chances are 1 in 400 seal pups could be born with melanism - increased development of the dark-coloured pigment melanin in the skin or hair. And the fact she is a female makes it that much rarer, as they are naturally lighter in colour than male seals. Click here to read more.   This pup has been named "Egg".
Jambalaya Meet Jambalaya! This little lady arrived at the Sanctuary on 5th February 2021 after being rescued from Harlyn Bay by British Divers Marine Life Rescue marine mammal medics. She was rescued due to ruckly breathing, a cough and being very underweight, weighing just 10.5kg.

She is now in the Sanctuary´s hospital being monitored by our animal care team, she needs to gain a fair amount of weight, but the team have high hopes for her, and she is getting the treatment she needs to help her feel better! Click here to read more.
Although it is sad to say goodbye to the rescued seal pups, we are happy that they are getting a second chance to have a life in the wild. This time, we said cheerio to Bubble & Squeak, Buffalo Wing, Guinness, Haggis, Hot Dog, Nacho, Pigs in Blanket, Sprout and Stuffing who have completed their rehabilitation and are at the right weight to be released back into the wild.

The trailer was loaded with the pups for the short 15 minutes drive to Dollar Cove on 6th February 2021. Good luck little ones.

Hope you enjoy watching this short video of the release.
Seal Release - 6th February 2021
Wine and Wins Meet Wine & Wins! A male grey seal pup rescued by the BDMLR on 20th of February 2021 from Porthminster beach with a temp of 37C, a very snotty nose with discharge and pale gums.

He is currently in the hospital finishing a course of medication for his condition. As soon as he is done, he will be moved to the nursery pools in the next week or so to make new pup friends and learn how to eat for himself and compete for food. Click here to read more.
Crème Brûlée, 12 weeks old male grey seal pup, was rescued on 21st February 2021 from Porthgwidden by the BDMLR.

He was found with unusual breathing and coughing, and signs of a respiratory infection. He was a little underweight at 21kgs, and a little small for his age at 2ft long. Click here to read more.

Photo Credit : Alison Davey - BDMLR
Creme Brulee - Photo Credit - Alison Davey - BDMLR
Dumpling Dumpling, 12 weeks old male grey seal pup, was rescued on 25th February 2021 from Sennen by the BDMLR.

The decision was made to rescue him as he had scarring in both eyes, patches of hair loss and seemed quite quiet and lethargic.

Click here to read more.

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary are really proud to present Hannah Stitfall, Megan McCubbin, Lucie Donlan and Doug Allan asking you to help them to "Put Pups First", with some basic guidelines on what to do with seal pups you come across on the coastline and how you can help the Seal Sanctuary to help them, by supporting the appeal. Click here to watch the "Put Pups First" video.

Due to Covid-19, this season is going to be a particularly tough one for the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, so any support you can give, will go towards the rescue efforts for 2020/21. Thank you.

To help support the rehabilitation work or support by purchasing a gift from the Sanctuary´s shop -

Julia Bradbury stops off at the Seal Sanctuary
We are very excited to finally share with you all our amazing feature on "Cornwall and Devon Walks with Julia Bradbury" which was on aired on Wednesday 24th February at 8pm on ITV.

This episode was all about the beautiful
Frenchman´s Creek along with a visit to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary!

The staff were so thrilled to have been a part of a wonderful series celebrating two beautiful counties.
Julia Bradbury and Grace

Happy Valentine´s day from the Sanctuary, as you can see, the team spread the love with lots of delicious treats for all of the resident animals!
Valentine's Day

Dog Friendly Business of the Year for 2020-21
In a time when things have been incredibly hard, The Cornish Seal Sanctuary are just over the moon to announce some wonderful news - we are officially Gold Winners of not one, but two Cornwall Tourism Awards!

Dog Friendly Business of the Year and the Wildlife Friendly Tourism Business Award. We cannot express how happy we are to receive two prestigious awards that really acknowledge the two things we love the most - Cornish wildlife and our doggy guests!

Congratulations to all of the other very worthy winners, we are so proud of all the amazing Cornish businesses that make Cornwall the wonderful place that it is.

3D Virtual Reality Gift Shop
Visit the Cornish Seal Sanctuary´s Virtual Shop:-

For more information on how you can support the Cornish Seal Sanctuary please visit the website, email or call 1326 221361.

How would you like the opportunity
to name a seal pup?!
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary´s 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
Name a Rescued Seal Pup 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.

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.

What to do if you find a dead seal on beach!

If you come across a dead seal, the advice is not to touch or go near it, please call Cornwall Wildlife Trust on 0345 201 2626 or go to their Website.

Post Release Monitoring of Seals
Each update we will include any tagged seals spotted in the wild by members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) from around the coast of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly:-

Riley and Beast on 1st February 2021
Eliza (photos below) has been seen many times this month in South Cornwall
Knight Rider, Jonesy and Wonder Woman on 8th February 2021
Shirley 10th February 2021
Alpha on 11th February 2021
Petunia on 15th February 2021
Pippin on 10th and 21st February 2021
Cary, Prudie and Wally on 21st February 2021
Mawgan, Jenga, Footloose, Wham and Shuttle on 25th February 2021

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

Each seal´s fur pattern is unique and enables the CSGRT volunteers track them for life. Seals face many challenges, yet we all depend on them to balance our marine ecosystem. This is essential to make the oxygen we breathe. Seals are our globally rare wildlife tourist attraction, helping diversify coastal economic prosperity.

(c) Photos below of Eliza were taken by Iris Rainbow.

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

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