News Update News Update Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Issue 185
March 2021


The Sanctuary re-opens on 12th April 2021
Cornish Seal Sanctuary We are very excited to let you all know that the Cornish Seal Sanctuary´s official ticket webstore is now LIVE!

You can now pre-book your tickets for your future visits, we cannot wait to welcome you all safely back to the Sanctuary from 12th April 2021 - the seals are very ready to see some faces other than the staff!

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary team is incredibly excited to finally announce the "Secret Creek" project which has taken place in the large woodland area of the Sanctuary. The Sanctuary have welcomed two rescued young beaver sisters from Scotland as their new residents this month!

These two girls had to make an epic journey down to the Sanctuary as they were rescued by Dr Roisin Campbell-Palmer in Scotland and for a short period were then in the care of Five Sister Zoo in West Calder, where they underwent health screening procedures. Click here to read more about the Beavers!

Click here to watch a short video of the young beavers arrival in their new nursery.
Beavers Beavers Beavers

Rescued Seal Pups 2020/21
It was a lovely crisp morning here in Cornwall on St David´s Day, so the time came for Basil, Chips, Pilchard, Poppadom and Sushi to be released back into the wild. The pups were weighed to check they had reached the target release weight of 30kgs+, before they were loaded into the trailer.

The pups were then taken on a short 15 minutes drive to Dollar Cove to begin there new life back in the wild.

Click here to watch a short video of the seal release.
Seal Release - 1st March 2021
Seal Release - 17th March 2021 Egg, Fish Fingers, Mayonnaise, Pie and Spud have completed their rehabilitation and were released back into the wild on 17th March 2021 at Dollar Cove.

Click here to watch a short video of the seal release.

Good luck little ones.

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. Thank you.

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary are really excited to announce that we now have a monthly text to donate number! We have had lots of messages on how you can support the Sanctuary on a monthly basis, which we are so thankful for, so we have set up this super easy way to donate to us each month.

Simply text SEAL to 70470 to donate £5 each month.

*Texts cost £5 plus 2 standard rate messages*
Simply text SEAL to 70470 to donate £5 each month

"Don´t Make Easter Rubbish!"
Don´t Make Easter Rubbish! SEA LIFE aquariums and their official charity the SEA LIFE Trust are launching the "Don´t Make Easter Rubbish!" campaign to prevent this occurring again, reminding visitors across the UK that the amazing creatures that live in our seas continue to need their love and protection - now more than ever.

Click here to read the press release.

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
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:-

Jonesy on 1st March 2021
Footloose on 1st, 5th, 8th & 15th March 2021
Hungry Caterpillar on 1st, 11th, 12th, 13th, 17th, 20th, 21st, 29th & 30th March 2021
Snowdrop on 1st, 15th & 22nd March 2021
Mawgan, Strawberry Shortcake and Footloose and Mawgan on 1st & 8th March 2021
Empanada on 3rd March 2021
Joy Division on 3rd & 22nd March 2021
Buffalo Wing on 3rd & 15th March 2021
Hetty and Whist on 4th March 2021
Pippin on 5th March 2021 Beast on 5th & 25th March 2021
The Shining and Elvis on 8th March 2021
Rupert on 8th & 22nd March 2021
Stephen Fry and The Shining on 8th March 2021
Prudie on 10th & 13th March 2021
Cary on 11th March 2021
Riley and Woody on 15th March 2021
Goonies on 22nd March 2021
Pigs in Blankets on 22nd, 23rd & 24th March 2021
Orion on 25th & 27th March 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 Credit: Mawgan (left) and Strawberry Shortcake (right) were taken by Sue Sayer of CSGRT

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

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