News Update News Update Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Issue 198
March 2022


It was such a beautiful sunny crisp winter´s morning when it was time for Cherry, Reef, Stormy Tykey and Turtle to return into the wild on 5th March 2022 at Dollar Cove. First out of the trailer was Turtle. They all looked a bit confused as they slowly went down the beach, but it was not long before they got the idea and headed out to sea. It is very emotional to attend these releases after all the hard work the animal care team have done to care and help them through their rehabilitation. Good luck little ones and stay safe.   Click here to watch a short video of this release.
Seals released back into the wild on 5th March 2022
Crabs, Nurdle and Rockfish have reached their target release weight of at least 30kgs and were returned to the wild on 21st March 2022 at Porthtowan beach.
Click here to watch the seal release.
Wave and Winkle were returned to the wild on 27th March 2022 at Dollar Cove.

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.

6th March 2022 Joe gave us an update on latest rescued pups Wobbegong, Clam, Shrimp and Thresher Shark.
Meet the Seal Pups - Virtual Experience  - 6th March 2022
On 20th March 2022 Catherine gave us an update on latest rescued pups Blobfish, Iceberg, Clam and Pebble. Clam successfully had his eye removed following an operation on 10th March 2022.
Meet the Seal Pups - Virtual Experience  - 20th March 2022
Click on any of the images below to see a larger version of the photo which were taken on 4th/5th March 2022 of the rescued seal pups. If you would like to sponsor a seal pup, please click on this link for more detail.

A BIG Thank You to "Stormline Gear"
A big thank you to for kindly donating some new gear to the Animal Care Team!

The winter months are the height of pup season and the team work extremely hard to rescue, rehabilitate and release seal pups during this time.

Now the team can
keep warm during those cold months with their new waders that even have knee pads installed to jump pups at rescues and for onsite treatment. It is safe to say they are OVER the moon!

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

Boat trip to see Seals in the Wild!
Join the Cornish Seal Sanctuary for a boat trip to see seals in the wild!??

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary are excited to announce that the first three trips with AK Wildlife Cruises Falmouth have been scheduled. See the available dates below:-

Tuesday 22nd March 11:45am
Friday 15th April 11:45am
Friday 6th May 11:45am

All of these trips will be three hours long. This includes an exclusive boat trip with AK Wildlife Cruises and a member of staff from the Sanctuary as well as a FREE ticket to visit the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

With a focus on seals, these trips will include the chance to see Grey Seals in the wild as well as any other marine life we may encounter along the way. With one of the Sanctuary´s staff members on board, you will learn a lot about these wonderful marine creatures and your money will go towards the rescue, release and rehabilitation of seals.

If you´d like to book a trip, please email to enquire about spaces and booking! A member of the Sanctuary staff is looking forward to meeting you out on the open water??

Happy International Seal Day!
As part of our International Seal Day celebrations on 22nd March, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary wanted to give you a sneak peak behind the scenes...

Luckily, Polly the Seal was on hand to show us what a regular
"day in the life" of a resident seal; looks like at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Why not Book a "Party" at the Seal Sanctuary!
Celebrate beneath the waves with an exclusive Cornish Seal Sanctuary birthday party for your loved ones or furry friends!

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary now have different birthday packages available including a
children´s birthday party or paw-some dog party. Either include a Dedicated VIP Sanctuary tour by one of the team members, VIP area, either a child´s party bag or pups bag, birthday cake and MORE!

To find out more about each birthday package you can call the Sanctuary on 01326 221361 or email on
Have a Party at the Seal Sanctuary!

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:-

Sapphire on 3rd, 17th, 21st, 28th & 29th March 2022
Shuttle on 3rd & 14th March 2022
Hufflepuff on 4th, 11th & 14th March 2022
Shirley on 6th, 9th & 12th March 2022
Hungry Caterpillar on 9th, 16th & 20th March 2022
Cruella de Vil, Elvis and Wham on 14th March 2022
Pippin on 16th & 18th March 2022
Mako Shark on 21st & 28th March 2022
Mr Darcy and Mrs Claus on 21st March 2022
Stephen Fry on 31st March 2022

© Photos Credit - Sue Sayer - SRT - Mako Shark (left) and Mrs Claus (right)
Mako Shark - Photo credit - Sue SayerMrs Claus
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 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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