News Update News Update Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Issue 193
November 2021


As from 1st of November 2021 to Spring 2022, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary will be open from 11am until 4pm, with last entry at 3pm. Thank you to everyone who has visited so far, your support allows the Sanctuary to take care of the wonderful animals. The Cornish Seal Sanctuary couldn´t do the work rehabilitating poorly and injured seal pups or provide vital life-long care for the residents without you.

Staff waved goodbye to little Oyster. She has done so well with her rehabilitation, after spending just over a month at the Sanctuary recovering, she was ready go back into the wild on 15th November 2021 at Dollar Cove.

It was wonderful to see her back where she belongs, the team always stay and watch until our pups are far out at sea - as you can see, Oyster headed straight for the water!

Meet the Seal Pups - Virtual Experience
If you can´t get to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, or just want to find out about the updates from the seal hospital, then why not join them on their live virtual behind the scenes hospital experience on Saturdays at 3pm in November 2021. For more information, please go to the Sanctuary´s facebook page. All proceeds from this experience go towards funding the vital work to care for seal pups and residents.
On 6th November 2021 Megan gave us an update on Sponge , Starfish and Nudi-B .
Meet the Seal Pups - Virtual Experience  - 6th November 2021
On 13th November 2021 Grace gave us an update on Starfish , Nudi-B , Blue Shark, Sea Cucumber and Sponge.
Meet the Seal Pups - Virtual Experience  - 13th November 2021
On 27th November 2021 Emma gave us an update on Blue Shark in pen 1, Sea Cucumber in pen 2 and Nemo in pen 3 of the hospital.
Meet the Seal Pups - Virtual Experience  - 30th November 2021

Christmas at the Sanctuary - 1st - 24th December
With Christmas just around the corner, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary wanted to share what the staff have got planned for you all during the festive period!

Click on the poster or on this link to find out more!

For gifts and experience, visit the Sanctuary´s online shop

To purchase a special Christmas gift for the animals at the Sanctuary
Christmas at the Sanctuary - 1st - 24th December

Have you purchase your Calendar for 2022?
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary 2022 calendar is now available! Full of wonderful pictures taken by our guests during their visit, you can enjoy the faces of the Sanctuary every month.

And with (dare we say it?)
Christmas looming , it makes the perfect gift for the seal fan in your life! Visit to get yours or pop into the Sanctuary´s gift shop to pick one (or several for friends and family) up!

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.

Click here to view the latest Sanctuary´s map.
Animal Adoptions Dogs are always welcome Leaflet for 2021

Put Pups First Car Sticker Virtual Shop
Help US to help the
Cornish Seal Sanctuary
during this rescue season by putting Pups First Appeal 2021/22! For more details Click here.
Make sure you pick up your free Cornish Seal Sanctuary´s Car Sticker when you next visit!
They are on display in the gift shop and the reception area.
To help support the rehabilitation work or support by purchasing a gift from the Cornish Seal Sanctuary´s online Virtual Shop.
Put Pups First Car Sticker - 2021 Virtual Shop

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:-

Cary on 1st, 14th & 15th November 2021
Jonesy and Mr Darcy on 1st & 8th November 2021
Orion on 1st, 8th, 15th, 18th & 22nd November 2021
The Shining on 1st, 8th, 18th & 22nd November 2021
Lewis on 3rd and 14th November 2021
Prudie on 5th & 7th November 2021
Fortune (photo below) on 6th November 2021
Hufflepuff on 6th, 10th, 11th & 12th November 2021
Snowdrop and Wonder Woman on 8th November 2021
Riley on 8th & 18th November 2021
Joy Division on 11th & 18th November 2021
Hungry Caterpillar on 11th, 14th, 16th & 18th November 2021
Rocket Man on 15th, 18th, 22nd & 25th November 2021
Shuttle on 15th & 18th November 2021
Beast, Jewell and Puffa on 15th November 2021
Persius E, Joy Division, Spiderman and Ugg on 18th November 2021
Rocket Dog on 18th & 25th November 2021
Wham on 25th November 2021

Fortune - Photo credit : Kevin Wood (CSGRT)
Fortune - Photo Credit - Kevin Wood  - CSGRT
The above information regarding tagged seals seen in the wild is copyright of the CSGRT.

By monitoring the behaviour of seals after release back into the wild, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary and the CSGRT can use this information to define the best practice standards and policies that they can share with the international rescue community.

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, which is essential to make the oxygen we breathe. Seals are our globally rare wildlife tourist attraction, helping diversify coastal economic prosperity.

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

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