News Update News Update Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Issue 195
January 2022


Happy New Year 2022

These photos of the rescued seal pups Bailey, Cherry, Crabs, Kelp, Mako Shark, Maude, Reef, Rockfish, Roni, Squid, Stormy, Turtle, Tykey and Verity were taken on 29th January 2022.

Click here or on the image of your choice below to see a larger version. Enjoy!
Bailey Cherry Crabs Kelp Mako Shark Maude Reef Rockfish Roni Squid Stormy Turtle Tykey Verity
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. Further dates and times in the coming months 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.

2nd January 2022 Marianne gave us an update on Squid and Tykey, plus new arrivals Roni and Kelp. Roni was rescued on 28th December 2021 from Long Rock in Penzance, he was lethargic and malnourished. Kelp was rescued on 30th December 2021 from Praa Sands, he was found with a high temperature and malnourished.
Meet the Seal Pups - Virtual Experience  - 2nd January 2022
On 16th January 2022 Elliot gave us an update on the new arrival at the hospital during the past 10 days, Cherry, Reef, Stormy and Kelp.
Meet the Seal Pups - Virtual Experience  - 16th January 2022
On 30th January 2022 it was Maz´s turn to give us an update on the new arrival at the hospital in the two weeks, Rockfish, Crabs and Turtle.

Dates for February to be announced soon. Please keep an eye the Sanctuary´s facebook for more details.
Meet the Seal Pups - Virtual Experience  - 30th January 2022
It is always sad to say a fond farewell to the rescued seal pups each season after their care and rehabilitation at the Seal Sanctuary. This time the staff said "au revoir" to Starfish, Blue Shark and Nemo who were released back into the wild on 12th January 2022 at Dollar Cove.   Click here to watch the video.
Sponge, Sapphire and Coraline were released on 26th January 2022 at Dollar Cove.
Seals released back into the wild on 26th January 2022
The target weight is 30kg, so when the pups have reached this weight, are feeding and competing well with each other and are happy, plump and healthy, the Sanctuary releases them back to the wild!

All of the
rescued seal pups are tagged on their rear flippers (boys on the left and girls on the right), so if you ever see a seal with a little coloured tag, give the Sanctuary a call!

Watch Nemo´s journey, from rescue to release.   It is thanks to the amazing guests and those that donate to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary that Sea Life Trust are able to help pups like Nemo recover and be returned back to their ocean home.

Lets welcome the three new orphaned beaver kits from Scotland to the Sanctuary. They arrived on the 6th January 2022 and will be staying for a few months to do some growing before becoming a part of a rewilding and research project in the UK.

They are staying in the Beaver Nursery which was set up exactly for this purpose - to help baby beaver orphans who would not be able to survive in the wild.
Beaver Nursery

"Blue Monday"...or was it?
We know that today (17th January) is known as "Blue Monday" so the Sanctuary decided to go through their many videos of their animals and create a compilation of the funniest moments to help spread a bit of cheer on what is deemed to be a bit of a low day for us all.

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

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

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 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 Shop.
Put Pups First Car Sticker - 2021 Virtual Shop

We are calling on all SEA LIFE Trust supporters to Support the Sanctuaries and become a part of the new squad.

You can support the rescue, rehabilitation and release work by giving each month and becoming a
squad member.

By joining, you will receive exclusive email updates throughout the year to show how your donation is supporting the Sanctuaries - including animal rescues, rehabilitation progress and
sneak peaks into the work of the animal care team.

There are three tiers of membership, depending on which pack option you´d prefer. Visit the Sanctuary´s website to find out more!
Become a S.O.S. Squad Member

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:-

Cary on 1st January 2022
Riley on 1st and 13th January 2022
Hufflepuff on 1st, 2nd and 7th January 2022
A-Ha and Guinness (photo below) on 3rd January 2022
Joy Division on 3rd, 13th and 17th January 2022
Orion on 3rd, 10th, 13th, 16th, 17th and 22nd January 2022
Wham on 3rd and 17th January 2022
Shirley on 4th, 12th and 30th January 2022
The Shining on 6th, 10th and 31st January 2022
Beast on 7th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 23rd and 31st January 2022
Jonesy on 9th January 2022
Puffa and Pollux on 10th January 2022
Cruelle de Vil on 10th, 13th and 17th January 2022
Petunia on 10th, 13th, 16th and 17th January 2022
Rupert on 13th and 17th January 2022
Buckaroo, Noodle, Rocket Dog and Wonder Woman on 13th January 2022
Pippin on 15th January 2022
Alpha on 17th January 2022
Nampara on 20th January 2022
Shuttle on 22nd January 2022
Lewis on 26th January 2022
Hungry Caterpillar on 28th January 2022
Strawberry Shortcake on 31st January 2022

Guinness © 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.

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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