News Update News Update Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Issue 192
October 2021


From the 1st 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.

Many Happy Returns Ray!
A very happy 20th birthday to Ray!
The team have created a jelly heart filled dream with this cake for his special day (12th October).
Did you know that Ray has a Facebook Page?

Who Dunnit?...Mystery Trail
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary WITCH-ES you a Happy Halloween!
Join the Team every day (from 23rd to 31st October 2021) where you can...Help
Detective Lily solve the "Who Dunnit" Mystery Trail...(No tricks, just treats!) Eat, drink and be scary! Enjoy Halloween-themed treats at the Sanctuary Café... Ghostess with the mostess! Why not come dressed in your spookiest outfits...It´s going to be fa-BOO-lous!
Who dunnit mystery trail 2021

British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) Volunteer marine mammal medics will be sent out to monitor the pup for a period of time and as a very last resort, may rescue the pup depending on the circumstances.
Urchin, female grey seal pup, was rescued from Portreath beach on 1st October 2021 by members of the BDMLR medics. She was found severely malnourised with a badly damaged and infected left eye. Weighed 14.5kgs. Oyster, 3-4 weeks old female grey seal pup, was rescued from Mousehole on 6th October 2021 by the BDMLR medics. The pup was lethargic and had lots of nasty bite wounds to her rear flippers.
Photo Credit : Alison Davey - BDMLR
Urchin Oyster
Starfish, 2 weeks old female grey seal pup, was rescued from Portreath beach on 10th October 2021 by members of the BDMLR medics. There was no sign of mum and lots of dogs around on the beach. The pup was dehydrated with lots of bite wounds to her neck and flippers. Sponge, 5 weeks old male grey seal pup, was rescued from Harlyn Bay in Padstow on 19th October 2021 by members of the BDMLR medics. This pup was very underweight for her age with infected wounds on his rear flippers and hips. He could had been bitten by an adult seal.
Starfish Sponge
These photos of Coral, Limpet, Narwhal and Puffin were taken on 21st October 2021.
Click on this link to watch a short video of Coral in the hospital being feed fish.

The video shows Megan, one of the Animal Care Team,
encouraging Coral to eat fish. Although this looks unpleasant for the pup, they usually quickly get the idea and are soon eating fish without help. The next step is for the pup to eat the fish whole and not break it up.

Meet the Seal Pups - Virtual Experience
We joined the Cornish Seal Sanctuary live on 16th October 2021 for their first ever behind the scenes weekly virtual experience. Emma, the Supervisor for the Animal Care Team, took us to meet all the current patients in the main seal hospital.

Emma gave us an update on
Coral, Urchin, Puffin and Oyster. We also heard about Starfish, who was rescued on 10th October 2021 from Portminster beach, the pup is currently in the isolation area of the hospital.
Meet the Seal Pups - Virtual Experience  - 16th October 2021
Elliot gave us an update on Coral, Urchin, Puffin and Starfish. We also heard about Monia, who was rescued on 22nd October 2021, the pup is currently in the isolation area of the hospital having some quiet time.
Meet the Seal Pups - Virtual Experience - 23rd October 2021
If you can´t get to the Seal Sanctuary, or just want to find out the updates from the seal hospital, then why not join them on their live virtual hospital experience on Saturday 6th 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 at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

Did you Know...?
For the first 24 hours of a rescued seal pup arriving in the hospital, the pup is given electrolytes to rehydrate it.

The probiotic supplement tablets are given to help with the pup´s
immune system, plus iron and aquavit tablets, as some of the nutrients are lost when the fish are frozen and then thawed. The photos below show the Animal Care Team hiding the tablets inside the fish ready to give to each seal.
Seals in the hospital

Visited a Seal Colony
We went along to check on a seal colony along the coast of the Cornwall at the beginning of this month with our Nikon COOLPIX P1000 camera with a 3000mm zoom lens. We spotted a balloon close a grey seal mum and her pup. Can we remind you about what happens if you release balloons into the sky, these could end up on our beaches and in the sea*.

Click here to see a selection of photos of the seal colony on our Fliker Page.

*Balloons pose a risk to wildlife and the environment...Balloons return to the land and sea where they can be mistaken for
food and eaten by animals. Sea turtles, dolphins, whales, fish and birds have been reported with balloons in their stomachs. Ribbons and strings can lead to entanglement...causing death.

Photo Gallery
We hope you enjoy the selection of photos taken in October 2021, click here or on the photo of your choice below to see a larger version.

Many Happy Returns Pumpkin!
Wishing the beautiful boy Pumpkin a very happy birthday!
The team have spoilt him with this amazing fish cake - which you can see he was very excited for!

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary celebrated the amazing marine animals that are seals #NationalSealDay on 1st September.

At the Sanctuary, they are dedicated to protecting seal pups and raising awareness about how we can all do our bit to help support them. They rehabilitate between 50-70 seal pups every season, and they couldn´t do it without your help.

The #National Seal Day marked the launch of the Sanctuary´s
"#PutPupsFirst campaign which is all about supporting seal pups, providing advice and vital information to the public and helping their Sanctuary to continue their work, however, after a very difficult few years, they need your help so they can help them.

As well as their work
rescuing vulnerable seal pups, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary provides a permanent home to those who cannot be released back to the wild due to medical issues.

Most pups are
successfully released, but on occasions, a few require ongoing care and medication for the rest of their lives and their site in Gweek is specially designed to ensure those animals can live a happy, comfortable life with them.

To support the rescued pups this season, please visit -

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:-

Hufflepuff on 1st & 3rd October 2021
Jenga on 3rd October 2021
Hungry Caterpillar on 3rd, 6th, 22nd, 23rd, 27th & 31st October 2021
Orion on 14th, 21st and 22nd October 2021
Camembert and Snowdrop on 21st October 2021
The Shining (photo below) on 25th October 2021
Cary on 29th October 2021

The Shining - © Photos Credit - Sue Sayer - CSGRT
The Shining - Photo Credit - Sue Sayer - 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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