News Update News Update Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Issue 209
November 2022

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It is always a good day when the Animal Care Team return the rescued seal pups back into the wild where they belong, but at the same time it is a bit emotional saying goodbye after being with them for the past 2-3 months.

Chilli, Peri Peri, Sabine, Splodge, Star Anise, Wedgie and Zimt were loaded in the Sanctuary´s trailer and drove them to Carbis Bay beach for the release on 30th November 2022.   Click here to watch a short video of the seal release.   Click here to see a selection of photos of the release.

Photos Credit - Denise Gent - British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR)
Seal Release - 30th November 2022  - Photos Credit - Denise Gent - BDMLRSeal Release - 30th November 2022 - Photos Credit - Denise Gent - BDMLR
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) Volunteer marine mammal medics will be sent out to monitor the pup for a period of time and as a very last resort, may rescue the pup depending on the circumstances.
These photos of the rescued seal pups, Barles, Basil, Chilli, Mac ´n Cheese, Peri Peri, Sabine, Splodge, Star Anise, Tony Jalapeño, Wasabi, Wedgie and Zimt, were taken on the 24th & 25th of November 2022.

Click here or on the image of your choice below to see a larger version. Enjoy!
Barles Basil Chilli Cheese n Mac Peri Peri Sabine Splodge Star Anise Tony Jalapeno Wasabi Wedgie Zimt
Pup Update : 19th November 2022 - Wasabi was rescued from Swansea in South Wales on 16th October 2022. The Seal Sanctuary was the closest rehab centre that was currently taking in pups, so he made the journey down to Cornwall.

Wasabi was suffering from a very infected left rear flipper. He was given antibiotics to aid him in a speedy recovery, but it was soon clear it wasn´t getting any better. An X-ray results confirmed that Wasabi was suffering from a fractured joint so the team made the decision to amputate his rear flipper.

Wasabi is recovering well from his operation, and it has already started healing. He is eating well and even started eating his fish whole which is a fantastic sign and good progress for this little pup.

Meet the Seal Pups - Virtual Experience
We joined the Cornish Seal Sanctuary live on Sunday the 6th of November 2022 for their second of this season´s behind the scenes virtual experience.   Anne, part of the Animal Care Team, took us to meet all the current patients in the main seal hospital.

She gave us an update on Basil, who unfortunately had to have an eye removed the other week by the Head & Head Vets in Helston,   Wasabi who now weighs 19.1kg,   and the latest arrival Barles. He arrived at the seal hospital on the 1st of November 2022 after spending 2 weeks at the British Divers Marine Life Rescue´s seal hospital in Cornwall for initial treatment and care until a pen was available for him at the Sanctuary´s hospital.
Meet the Seal Pups - Virtual Experience - 6th November 2022
We joined the Megan, part of the Animal Care Team, at Cornish Seal Sanctuary live on Sunday the 20th of November 2022 for their third of this season´s behind the scenes virtual experience.

She gave us an update on Basil, Wasabi and new pups Tony H and Fennel.
Meet the Seal Pups - Virtual Experience - 20th November 2022
If you can´t get to the Seal Sanctuary, or just want to find out the latest from the seal hospital, then why not join them on their live virtual hospital experience on Sunday 4th December 2022 at 3pm.   For more information, please go to the Sanctuary´s facebook page.   All proceeds from this go towards funding the vital work to care for seal pups and residents at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

Happpyy 7th Biirrthddayy Jinx!
Happy Birthday to the wonderful Jinx who celebrated her 7th birthday on 18th November 2022
Happy Birthday Jix, 7 years old

Seals in the Wild!
We recently visited a seal colony and was sad to see a few seals with nets. Click here to see larger versions of these photos. The (c) photos below were taken with a Canon 5D camera and a 14mm-400mm lens.

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary, British Divers Marine Life Rescue Medics (BDMLR), Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust, Cornwall Wildlife Trust and RSPCA West Hatch receives numerous calls about seal net and rope entanglements. The rescue teams make several attempts during the day to catch the seals without success. Each time they managed to escape into the sea along with the group it was with. If you ever visit a seal colony, you may see seals with old net entanglement injuries.
A lot of entanglement happens when seals play and swim over, under and through floating rafts of old, discarded or storm damaged gear. The Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust works with BDMLR, Hunstanton SEA LIFE, Friends of Horsey Seals and Cornish Seal Sanctuary to help rescue and rehabilitate these individuals and raise awareness with members of the public about this issue, asking everyone to pick up any looped items from a beach to reduce this risk for seals and other marine creatures.

The Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust have published a paper showing how entanglement affects seal life expectancy.   This is available to download, click here to read.

Have you purchase your Calendar for 2023?
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary 2023 calendar is now available! Full of wonderful pictures taken by our guests during their visit, you can enjoy the faces of the Sanctuary every month.

And with (dare we say it?)
Christmas looming, it makes the perfect gift for the seal fan in your life! Visit https://bit.ly/2Hmkfr2 to get yours or pop into the Sanctuary´s gift shop to pick one (or several for friends and family) up!

Cornish Seal Sanctuary joins National Animal Welfare Trust Cornwall´s hunt to find forever home for Paddy the pooch this Christmas
A cockapoo desperately searching for his forever home has been named "Dog of the Week" at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

Paddy, an 11-year-old "bachelor", has been in the care of the National Animal Welfare Trust Cornwall (NAWT) for a whole year, after struggling to find a forever family in three different homes.

Now NAWT Cornwall have teamed up with the Cornish Seal Sanctuary based in Gweek, near Helston, to help spread the word and give Paddy the chance to find his perfect home this Christmas. Click here to read more.
Find Paddy a home for Christmas Find Paddy a home for Christmas

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?

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

Check out the moment the Residents were given their gifts last Christmas!

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

Click here to find out what to do if you find a Seal Pup or a Seal?

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:-

Ugg on 1st and 27th November 2022
Stephen Fry and Jubilee on 3rd November 2022
Pippin (photo below) on 6th and 10th November 2022
Buckaroo on 7th November 2022
Joy Division on 10th November 2022
Orion on 7th, 10th, 17th, 18th, 21st and 23rd November 2022
Shirley on 9th, 11th, 12th and 19th November 2022
Snowdrop on 12th November 2022
Rocket Dog on 12th and 21st November 2022
Prudie on 14th, 18th and 19th November 2022
Goonies and Petunia on 23rd November 2022

© Photo Credit : Kerstin Hartmann (CSGRT) - (Pippin is the seal on the left with yellow flipper ID tag)
The above information regarding tagged seals seen in the wild is copyright of the CSGRT.
Sarah Greenslade of The Seal Project in Devon sent us these photos of Pippi Longstocking (SL131 Yellow) and Basil (SL130 Green) who were seen on the 19th of November 2022 in a Marina in South Devon.   Both were seen hauled out amongst several seals who were resting in the same area, where they tend to gather over the winter months.

© Photos Credit - Sarah Greenslade of The Seal Project - Devon
Pippi Longstocking (left) - Basil (right)
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.

Meet Riley and read his Story!
We would like to share the amazing story of Riley an incredibly lucky entangled seal who was rescued in 2009 by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), rehabilitated at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, and released back into the wild.   The wonderful news is...he is still being ID´d today!!! Healthy and Thriving.

By monitoring the behaviour of seals after release back into the wild, the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust, BDMLR and CSS, can use this information to define the best practice standards and policies for rescue, rehab and release that are shared with the international rescue community.

Find out more about Riley´s story click here to read.

Below Photos Credit : Sue Sayer - Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust
Apart from the photo in the hospital of Riley - Credit : Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Meet Riley, an incredibly lucky entangled seal, and hear his story!

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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