News Update News Update Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Issue 225
December 2023


Merry Christmas from the Cornish Seal Sanctuary!
Merry Christmas from all the staff, volunteers and residents at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary!

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in 2023 - the Team couldn´t do the vital conservation work without you!

Chris Pratt, Emma Watson, Sienna Miller and Tom Felton have spent a month or so in the outside pools and have now fully recovered and are at the perfect weight of 30+kg, ready to thrive back in the wild!   They were released on 1st of December 2023 at Perranuthnoe beach in South Cornwall.
Pup Update - 9th December 2023 : Fiyero along with Sienna Miller, Selwyn (photo below - she loves to say hello to visitors through the underwater window), Morlo, Yasmin Finney, Ana De Armas, Celia Imrie and Morgan Freeman are now in the outside pools.

This means they are on the road to recovery and mixing with each other also have deeper pools to swim in.   Pups in the outside pools will be learning how to behave in the wild, interacting and competing for their fish, which are all vital skills they will need when they are released back out into the wild.

Photo below of Selwyn was taken by George Tyrone Deacon - British Divers Marine Life Rescue
Selwyn - Photo credit - George Tyrone Deacon
We can safely say that Fiyero (photo below) is a noisy one and absolutely loves the water!
Morlo and Selwyn have completed their rehabilitation and were released back into the wild on 14th of December 2023 at Dollar Cove which is a short 15 minutes drive from the Sanctuary.
Update - 17th December 2023 : Zac Efron (photo below) is doing really well, is off treatment and is now in the outside rehabilitation pool - just waiting to put on enough weight to be released back into the wild!

Update - 28th December 2023 : Ana de Armas, Carrie Fisher and David Tennant are in the hospital.

Nursery Pools - Jim Carrey, Idris Elba, Meryl Streep and Renée Zellweger.

Rehabilitation Pool - Celia Imrie, Fiyero, Morgan Freeman, Yasmin Finney and Zac Efron.
Zac Efron
Pleeeeaaaasssseeeee Sponsor me and my friends while we stay temporarily for a few months at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary receiving excellent care by the lovely Animal Care Team. We are getting stronger eating lots of fish and your favourite resident seal, Ray, keeps giving us Pups a hard stare, as he thinks there are none left for him - this is him the look back!   Please help the Sanctuary to look after us!

Don´t miss our Christmas Lights & Story Trail this December!
Follow the magical story of Norbert the Beaver and his Golden Carrot, and wander through the woodlands with a festive hot chocolate for that extra bit of winter warmth!
Christmas Nature WalkChristmas Nature Walk
Christmas Nature WalkChristmas Nature Walk

Beach Clean for 2023!
A huge thank you to everyone who joined the beach clean with One Bag Beach Clean on Sunday 10th of December 2023!

With the help of
25 volunteers, we cleared an incredible 17.4kg of litter from Helford Passage??

Keep your eyes peeled for the announcement on next year´s beach cleans, and thank you to everyone who took part in this year´s Action For Oceans events - including all the partners!

The Final Beach Clean for 2023 will take place on Sunday 31st of December 2023 at 12noon at Poldhu Cove!
Beach Clean - 10th December 2023

A Big Thank You to a local Company for Towels
A huge thank you to Martyn Slyfield and the team from Elis, a local laundry company from Pool, Camborne, who very kindly donated 100 towels to the animal care team!

These towels will used all throughout the pup season for the treatment of the rescued seal pups, and the Cornish Seal Sanctuary couldn´t be more grateful for their fantastic support??

With 50-70 injured, abandoned and sick seal pups coming through the Sanctuary´s doors each season, the team need your help to continue providing the vital care and supplies needed to aid their rehabilitation and return them to the sea where they belong.

Stockings for Seals - 2024

Did you make a December to remember by shopping at the Sanctuary´s online shop

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary have everything an ocean lover could dream of including all of the latest Sanctuary merchandise, adorable plushes, sustainable products and more!

The best part? All proceeds go towards the care of the animals so not only are you snapping up a "sealy" good deal, you are giving back to the seals this Christmas.
Make it a December to remember by shopping at the Sanctuary's online shop

Have you purchase your Calendar for 2024

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary 2024 calendar is still 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!

Click here to get yours or pop into the Sanctuary´s gift shop to pick one (or several for friends and family) up! to buy yours online.   This would make a great Birthday present!
CSS calendar 2024

Cornish Seal Sanctuary - On-site experiences

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?

Six things to remember when spotting seals in the wild!

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:-

Kelpie on 3rd December 2023
Pippi Longstocking on 5th December 2023
Beast on 7th December 2023
Turtle on 8th, 15th, 18th and 29th December 2024
Shirley on 8th, 16th, 17th, 24th and 26th December 2023
Petunia on 9th December 2023
Saffron on 11th December 2023
Shuttle on 15th, 21st and 26th December 2023
Mayonnaise on 15th and 29th December 2023
Basil on 16th December 2023
Pippin on 16th, 24th and 26th December 2023
The Shining on 21st December 2023
Nampara on 21st, 26th and 29th December 2023
Rocket Dog on 26th December 2023
Orion on 26th and 29th December 2023
Prudie on 30th December 2023
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.

This news update has been put together by volunteers/supporters of the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

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