News Update News Update Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Issue 216
April 2023

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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.

Dill, Ginger, Horseradish, Kuri, Peppercorn, Poppy Seed and Sea Salt, were loaded in the Sanctuary´s trailer and drove them to Kennack Sands for the release on 3rd April 2023.   Click here or below to watch a short video of the release.
  Click here to see a selection of photos.

© Photos Credit : Chris Webber (Freelance Photographer) British Divers Marine Life Rescue Medic
Seal Release - 3rd April 2023 - Photo Credit - Chris Webber  - 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, Garlic, Liquorice, Sage, Sesame, Tamarind and Turmeric, were taken on the 15th April 2023.

Click here or on the image of your choice below to see a larger version. Enjoy!
Garlic Liquorice Sage Sesame Tamarind Turmeric
Garlic along with Sesame were released back into the wild on 17th April 2023 at Kennack Sands. Click here to see larger version of these photos.
Garlicalong with Sesame  were released back into the wild on 17th April 2023 at Kennack Sands
Melanistic rescued seal pup, Liquorice, was returned to the sea with two fellow pups, Sage and Turmeric, on 21st April 2023 at Perranuthnoe beach.   Click here to read the press release.
  Click here to see a selection of photos.

© Photos Credit : Chris Webber (Freelance Photographer) British Divers Marine Life Rescue Medic
Seal Release - 21st April 2023 - Photo Credit - Chris Webber  - BDMLR
The final seal pup for 2022/23 rescue season, Tamarind, was released back into the wild on 30th April 2023 at Dollar Cove.
Tamarind

Photo Gallery
We hope you enjoy the selection of photos taken on 16th April 2023, click here or on the photo of your choice below to see a larger version.
Banana Banana
Ray Say hello to Diego!
Bertie Ernie
Dennis Komper
Valais Blacknose Wether Sheep and the Greyface Dartmoor Sheep Valais Blacknose Wether Sheep and the Greyface Dartmoor Sheep
Atlanta Aayla
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Banana behind the barrier wanting to have some fish as well! Seal Demo
Beautiful dog visits the Cornish Seal Sanctuary Visitor - George visits the Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Sheba Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Bo Aayla
Pumpkin Cornish Seal Sanctuary

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary really excited that Sarah Shanahan-Mallows has kindly let them borrow her incredible "The Wizard on The Lizard and the Easter Eggs-pedition" book to read to you all during the Storytime with Lily event which was held throughout the Easter half-term!

Visitors joined the cosy corner in the underwater viewing area for a special daily reading with
Lily, Sanctuary´s mascot. Everyone grabbed a drink, sat comfortably and listened to a tale of adventure, followed by an exciting photo opportunity with Lily!

During your next visit, You can also grab yourself a copy of one of Sarah´s books from Sanctuary´s gift shop.
Story Time during Easter with Lilly

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary would like to say a special thanks to Harriet and the team at Reflex Medical!   This family-based business generously donated over £100 worth of first aid equipment to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary and the team area so grateful to receive such an amazing donation.

You can check out their website by clicking the link here.
Reflex Medical



Click here to view the latest Sanctuary´s map.

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:-

Wasabi (photo below) and Tony Jalapeño on 15th April 2023
Pippin on 15th and 26th April 2023
Shirley on 19th and 28th April 2023
Mr Darcy and Nemo on 24th April 2023


© Photos Credit : Kerstin Hartmann (CSGRT)
Wasabi - Photo Credit : Kerstin HartmannWasabi - Photo Credit : Kerstin Hartmann
The 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.

Meet Petunia and read her Amazing Story!
We would like to share the amazing story of Petunia who was rescued in 2010 by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), rehabilitated at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, and released back into the wild.   The wonderful news is...she is still being ID´d today after 13 amazing years in the wild!!! 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 Petunia´s story click here to read.
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This news update has been put together by volunteers/supporters of the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

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