News Update News Update Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Issue 202
May 2022

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It´s time for a pup-update - 7th May 2022 : As we head into summer, the Seal Sanctuary are seeing less pups coming in - but there are still two recovering before they head home to the wild.

One of those, Blobfish (left), came in with a large swelling on his face and neck back in March. The good news is that Blobfish is now off his medication and recovering well. Once Blobfish has the "all-clear" from the vets, he will be heading down to outside nursery pools!

Sea Dragon (right) now needs to eat lots of fish to gain weight so that he can finally be released!

Pup-update - 22nd May 2022 : Blobfish spent a couple of weeks in the outside nursery pools before being released back out into the wild on 21st May 2022 at Dollar Cove.
BlobfishSea Dragon

Photo Gallery
We hope you enjoy the selection of photos taken in May 2022, click here or on the photo of your choice below to see a larger version.
Just move over Time to sunbathe
Just move over Time to sunbathe
Look Guys...a long camera lens pointing at us! I´m not looking!
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Fish looks good I am just coming
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Time for some eye drops Hold it a moment
Time for some eye drops Title
Do I need saving Joe? Lets play a game!...Rock, paper, scissors
Do I need saving Joe? Lets play a game!...Rock, paper, scissors
The lovely Alison feeding Ray! I will just check the fish first
The lovely Alison feeding Ray! I will just check the fish first
I need a lifebuoy to support me! Would you believe it...the fish was this big!
I need a lifebuoy to support me! Would you believe it...the fish was this big!
Friday afternoon zzzzzzzz! Hope you are taking a photo of my good side!
Friday afternoon zzzzzzzz! Hope you are taking a photo of my good side!
What is all the noise? I have been asked to move pools!
>What is all the noise? I have been asked to move pools!
I am not going to make this easy for them! Almost there!
I am not going to make this easy for them! Almost there!
Its Marlin´s turn now to move to the next pool! Our new enclosure for a while!
Its Marlin's turn now to move to the next pool! Our new enclosure for a while!
What´s the water like Logs? Come on in and try Marlin!
Whats the water like Logs Come on in and try Marlin!
What are Goats up to? If I look sad, do I get a fish?
What are Goats up to? If I look sad, do I get a fish?
Doggie Ice Cream! Have you met Eco-Freddy yet?
Doggie Ice Cream! Have you met Eco-Freddy yet?

Happpyy 4th Biirrthddayy Squidge!
Happy Birthday to resident Humboldt penguin Squidge, 4 years old on 27th May 2022??

Did you know Squidge was
born at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in 2018 to parents, Gilbert and Lola?   Unfortunately, the couple spent so much time bickering over Squidge that they weren´t caring for him properly and - despite much encouragement by the team - it was decided that he would have to be hand-reared.

Today, though, he´s back in with the rest of the penguin colony, and can often be seen
relaxing with Waddles on the side of the pool.   He also enjoys putting on a show at the windows for visitors and chasing them up and down through the glass!
Happy 4th Birthday Squidge!

May Half Term Conservation Club
Booking is now available for the Cornish Seal Sanctuary´s May Half Term Conservation Club!

Running from 30th May to 1st June 2022, these jam-packed sessions cover:-

- Seals and Sea Lions and the environment they live in
- Seal pup rescue, rehabilitation and release
- the resident animals and how they are cared for them
- Local wildlife (including a microscope workshop)
- Marine conservation

This three-day programme includes lunch and snacks for each day.

Please note: children must be aged 7-11 years old!

Please ring the Cornish Seal Sanctuary on 01326 221 361 or email education@sealifetrust.com!

May Half Term with "Wildlife Week"
Get back to nature this May´s Half Term with the Wildlife Week at the Sanctuary! ????

From 28th May to 5th June, join the Cornish Seal Sanctuary for a week jammed-packed fun for all the family, with activities running daily.

Here´s everything you need to know, and the staff and residents cannot wait to see you there!
May half-term with the Wildlife Week at the Sanctuary

Global Beach Clean Day - 8th June 2022
Are you ready for the SEA LIFE Trust Global Beach Clean 2022? On World Oceans Day (8th June), the Cornish Seal Sanctuary will be hosting a clean at Poldhu Cove near Helston from 3pm.

If you´d like to host your own event instead, however, a beach clean tool kit can be sent to you - just email the team on beachclean@sealifetrust.com.
Don't Make Easter Rubbish

Animal
Adoptions
Dogs are
Welcome
Sanctuary´s
Leaflet
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


Fund Our Future
To future proof the Cornish Seal Sanctuary for generations to come, the Sanctuary are now raising vital funds to redevelop their pools and remain world-leaders in seal conservation and care.

And that´s where the "Fund Our Future" project comes in. This £1.3million fundraising campaign is all about securing the charity´s future, while placing world-class animal welfare at the centre of everything we do.

To donate, click here for more details on how to make an online donation also how to set up your own fundraising event?

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:-

Sea Cucumber on 8th May 2022
The Shining on 26th May 2022
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.

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary will be open from 10am until 5pm, with last entry at 4pm during the Spring and Summer.

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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