News Update News Update Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Issue 197
February 2022


And the baby beaver trio names are...

Hamish, Maple and Scruff!?

Thank you to everyone that donated towards the Beaver Bingo and suggested such brilliant names! You can head to our stories to watch the name reveal down at Secret Creek.

The three are doing well at the Sanctuary. Check out the video to see what they have been up to.
Beaver Nursery

A BIG Thank You to "Rockfish" Foot Wear
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary are absolutely thrilled to announce their partnership with ROCKFISH, a Cornish family run business who create natural rubber wellies from sustainable sources. The Sanctuary reached out to ROCKFISH as the animal care team were desperate for good quality wellies to do their work comfortably. As you can imagine, being outside in the cold weather day in day out, warm footwear is an absolute must.

The Seal Sanctuary were very kindly
donated 12 pairs of the "Groundhog" wellies, and as you can see, the team are over the moon with their lovely new boots, keeping them warm and dry whilst looking after the resident animals and taking care of the seal pups currently recovering with us.
Jana Sirova, the Sanctuary´s General Manager, said "We look forward to working with Rockfish throughout 2022 and also being able to share with you all an amazing sustainable Cornish brand to support.

Also, as a
little thank you to the friends at Rockfish, we named one of our seal pups "Rockfish" who is currently going through rehabilitation at the Sanctuary!"

You can visit the Rockfish Footwear website via this link.

Click on any of the images below to see a larger version of the photo which were taken on 23rd February 2022 of the rescued seal pups.
A big thank you to two of the Sanctuary´s Ambassadors @lucierosedonlan and @lukemabbott! They joined the team on Sunday 27th February 2022 at Dollar Cove and helped to release 6 grey seal pups, Bailey, Kelp, Maude, Roni, Squid and Verity, back to the sea.
Click here to watch
the video.
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 during the weekends. Dates in March to be confirmed. 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.

26th February 2022 Polly gave us an update on this month´s rescued pups Nurdle, Shrimp, Wave and Winkle.   During the session Polly explained how to tell the difference between a female and male seal from their colour of their coats.   A big shout out to the lady from Massachusetts in USA who joins the virtual behind the scene sessions. Where will you log in from around the world?
Meet the Seal Pups - Virtual Experience  - 26th February 2022

Conservation Club is BACK!
Why not ditch your parents this February half-term (21st - 24th February 2022) and spend 4 jam-packed days at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

Feed the seals, learn about how the Seal Sanctuary look after them, take part in activities and experiments and most importantly,
have lots of fun!

Pester your parents to book you on NOW!

Lunch and a range of yummy snacks included.

Please ring the Sanctuary on 01326 221 361 or email to book your spot!
Conservation Club - 21st - 24th February 2022

Where´s the paw-ty at? The Seal Sanctuary!
Visitors joined the Cornish Seal Sanctuary for a pup-tastic week
of fun for all during the February half-term,

19th - 27th February

Visitors were encouraged to bring their pups to meet the Sanctuary´s seal pups and other residents! Whether you had a dog or not, there was plenty in store!

Everyday the Sanctuary held a "lost dogs" scavenger hunt, a doggy raffle (plus another surprise raffle!) as well as offered a 10% discount in the Sanctuary shop across the entire dog range!

Monday to Friday the Sanctuary also had a
dog agility course and a dog show. Great fun was had by all!
Where's the paw-ty at? The Cornish Seal Sanctuary!
Dog Show - February 2022
On Wednesday 23rd February, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary opened their doors to a few local charities and organisations:- @falmouthmarineconservation, @k9_crusaders, @cornwallwildlifetrust, @rspcacornwallbranchofficial, @prickles_and_paws and @cornwallsealgroupresearchtrust were based down on-site with stalls, raising awareness about the important work they do.
Charity stalls - 23rd February 2022

"Silver Award" for 2021/22!

The Seal Sanctuary are over the moon to announce that they have won "Silver" in the Cornwall Tourism Awards under the "Large Visitor Attraction of the Year" category!

Thank you Tourism Awards - South West and thank you to all of the wonderful guests - the Sanctuary couldn´t do the pup rehabilitation work or look after your favourite resident animals without you!
Silver in the Cornwall Tourism Awards

Love Your Beach Day - Happy Valentine´s Day
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary celebrated on Valentine´s Day with a beach clean down at Poldhu Cove for "Love Your Beach Day". It was an amazing turn out and between us all we managed to take off so much rubbish from the beach and surrounding areas.

The staff want to say a
Huge Thank You to all of the awesome people who joined them, One Bag Beach Clean, Friends of Poldhu and the fantastic team at Poldhu Beach Café who not only joined us for the clean but kindly offered us all a well needed hot drink afterwards!

Photo Gallery
We hope you enjoy the selection of photos taken in February 2022, click here or on the photo of your choice below to see a larger version.

Conservationists call for new law to protect seals
On the 9th of February 2022 a "10 Minute Rule Bill" was read highlighting the issues in Parliament.

Seals need the same level of protection from disturbance as Whales and Dolphins.

Seal Alliance wrote to the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, congratulating the government for supporting their campaign, but stressing the need for an urgent change to the law, making deliberate seal disturbance illegal. The letter, backed by Chris Packham, was signed by over 30 conservation organisations including the Marine Conservation Society, RSPCA, Seal Protection Action Group, Seal Research Trust, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, British Divers Marine Life Rescue, and other seal research, conservation groups and seal rehabilitation centres.

Tracey Crouch, Conservative MP for Chatham and Aylesford, made the case for the bill in the Chamber.
Click here to read the proceedings in Hansard.

Next reading will take place on Friday the 18th of March 2022.

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 2022

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

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 Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) 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 CSGRT from around the coast of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly:-

A-Ha, Beast, Elvis, Joy Division, Petunia, Sapphire and Wonder Woman on 3rd February 2022
Sea Cucumber (photo below) on 5th February 2022
Orion on 7th February 2022
Shuttle on 11th February 2022
Pippi Longstocking on 12th February 2022
Basil on 17th February 2022
Hungry Caterpillar on 19th February 2022
Noodle on 24th February 2022
Shirley and Hufflepuff on 25th February 2022
Pebbles and Jonesy on 28th February 2022

© Photo Credit - Katie Maggs - British Divers Marine Life Rescue and 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.

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.

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

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