News Update News Update Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Issue 200
April 2022


It was another a beautiful sunny crisp spring´s morning when it was time for Clam, Cockle, Iceberg, Moon Jellyfish, Shrimp and Wobbegong to return back into the wild on 13th April 2022 at Porthtowan beach. Good luck little ones and stay safe.
Click here to watch a
short video of this release.   Click here to read the Press Release.
Thresher Shark and Pebble were released back into the wild on 25th April 2022.
The Animal Care Team were a bit surprised when Sea Dragon arrived as it was so late into the 2021/22 rescue season. The six months old male seal pup was rescued on 16th April 2022 from Fishing Cove in Gunwalloe by members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue marine mammal medics. The pup was found to be malnourished with a high temperature and wounds to his body. It will not be too long before he is moved down to the outside nursery pools for his next stage of rehabilitation.
Sea DragonSea Dragon

Click on any of the images below to see a larger version of the photo which were taken on 1st April 2022 of the rescued seal pups.

Photo Gallery
We hope you enjoy the selection of photos taken in April 2022, click here or on the photo of your choice below to see a larger version.
Is that the fish Van? No, it is just a delivery of Cornish Pasties
Title Title
Time to catch up on the gossip Do I go in for a swim
Title Title
We are looking soooooooo good! Where is Pumpkin and Ray? Ray had an operation a few weeks on the mend!
Title Title
Time for my jog around the pool Who mentioned fish?
We are looking so good! Where is Pumpkin and Ray? Title
Pumpkin this is your final fish this morning says Ben Pumpkin is enjoying his fish!
Pumpkin with Ben Pumpkin is enjoying his fish
Look at those eyes...just one more fish plllleeeeeaaassseee! Just one more fish Willow says Beth!
Title Beth feeding Willow
Did someone mention food? What are these goats up to now?
Title Title
Emma is putting this lovely lady through the different challenges of being a "Keeper for the day" Some more enrichment as a "Keeper for the day"
Title Title
Common Seals Family Photo! Noito and Deigo enjoying the Spring sun!
Title Noito and Deigo enjoying the Spring sun!
Step into Spring with these lovely woodland walks! Do love a "Spring walk!"
Title Title
Hamish, Maple and Scruff have been busy in their secret beaver enclosure! Those naughty beavers have built up so much mud that you cannot shut the hatch to the inside sleeping area!
Secret Beavers enclosure Secret Beavers enclosure

It was #internationalbeaverday on 7th April so we thought we would share what the residents, Norbert, Barbara, Twiggy, and baby beavers, Hamish, Maple and Scruff, have been up to recently!
On the 28th of April 2022 the Sanctuary are thrilled to announce that Hamish, one of the orphaned beavers, has now moved to his new home!

This is the charity´s first successful release from the Secret Creek conservation project, after the Sanctuary took in three baby beavers earlier this year in January with the support of the Beaver Trust.

Now, he´s settling into his new, larger pad as part of the West Dorset Wilding Initiative. Keep your eyes peeled for further updates on Hamish´s new journey! Click here to read the Press Release.

The Residents are enjoying Easter Ice Eggs!
The Residents are enjoying Easter

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 view and 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 S.O.S. Squad
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.
We are calling on all SEA LIFE Trust supporters to Support the Sanctuaries and become a part of the new squad. Click here for more information.
Put Pups First Car Sticker - 2022 S.O.S. Squad

Conservation Club is BACK this Easter!
Dive into an ocean experience at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary this Easter! The Sanctuary are opening up the Conservation Club in April, so children can learn more about the incredible marine environment around us - and the wildlife within it??

From meeting the pups in their care, to learning more about ocean conservation, they´ll enjoy days of fun-filled activities at the wildlife haven!

Key dates are:-
11th - 13th April for ages 7 - 11
18th - 21st April for ages 12 - 14
Lunch and snacks are included.

Please ring the Sanctuary on 01326 221 361 or email
Conservation Club -Easter 2022

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 released seal pup is given a flipper tag with an unique ID number. This helps the Cornish Seal Sanctuary and the Seal Research Trust (SRT) to track and monitor where pups end up and how they are doing once they are back in the wild.

This month the following seals were spotted in the wild by members of the SRT from around the coast of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly:-

Joy Division on 2nd April 2022
Orion on 3rd and 25th April 2022
Whist on 3rd April 2022
Woody on 4th April 2022
Hufflepuff on 4th, 8th, 12th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 27th April 2022
Elvis on 4th and 18th April 2022
Strawberry Shortcake on 10th April 2022
Pippin on 15th April 2022
Cockle, Halloumi and Wobbegong on 18th April 2022
Croissant on 25th April 2022

© Photos Credit - Sue Sayer - SRT - Cockle (left) and Wobbegong (right)
The above information regarding tagged seals seen in the wild is copyright of the SRT.

By monitoring the behaviour of seals after release back into the wild, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary and the SRT 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 SRT 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.

As from 1st of April 2022 to mid October 2022, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary will be open from 10am until 5pm, with last entry at 4pm.

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.

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

¦ News Update Menu ¦