News Update News Update Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Issue 214
February 2023


The Paddock Animals
We´re so excited to announce the latest addition to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary - Komper!

Komper was born earlier this month on the 15th of February, and you´ll now be able to see him with his mum in the paddocks (just in time for the first signs of spring!).

This herd joined the site at the end of last summer to help manage the Sanctuary´s grass, with owner Katie leasing the area for these very
special rare-breed sheep.

Keep your eyes peeled for Komper and his family on your next visit.

Meet Liquorice a rare grey seal pup has been admitted to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary after being rescued from a nearby beach. Liquorice, who is estimated to be around 10 weeks old, is "melanistic", which means she´s completely black from head to toe - something seen in just one in 400 grey seals.

She first came to the Sanctuary a few weeks ago on 27th January 2023, when she was spotted by local walkers at
Fishing Cove in Gunwalloe. They called the Cornish Seal Sanctuary for help. On arrival, the animal care team found she had breathing difficulties, a small wound and appeared to be very underweight.
It´s not often we see melanistic pups, especially female ones, and even rarer to see them coming through the Sanctuary´s own doors.   Liquorice really needed some help after she was spotted quite high up on the beach, and it was quickly agreed she should come in.

Melanism is caused when too much of the pigment melanin has been produced, and appears in seals by giving them black eyes, fur and nails. The condition is even rarer in female seals, who are typically lighter in colour than their male counterparts.
Say hello to Miso who was moved into the rehab pool on the 4th February 2023 which is the final stage for rehabbing pups. She is a little nervous at the moment in her new temporary accommodation and can often be quite shy with the other seal pups.

She will only enjoy her fish if she can have it at the
opposite end of the pool without her pool mates around. The animal care team hope that Miso will be able to come out of her shell soon so she can join in playing with the other seal pups!??
When Saffron met Tulsi in the outside nursery pools in early February. These pups will go through their next stage of rehabilitation, this means they are on the road to recovery and ready to mix with other seal pups, as well as have a deeper pool to swim in.

Saffron (below left) and Tulsi (below right) will learn how to behave and socialise,
interacting with other each and also competing for their fish, which are all vital skills they will need when the pups are released back into the wild within the next 4-6 weeks. Click here to watch a short video of Saffron.
It was time for Chive to be released back into the wild on 2nd February 2023. He was loaded in the Sanctuary´s trailer and the members of the animal care team drove him to Church Cove for the release.
Miso and Chimichurri were released on 6th February 2023 at Kennack Sands.

Clove and Chipotle were released on 10th February 2023 at Kennack Sands.
Cardamom, Fennel, Onion Powder and Tulsi were released at Perranuthnoe beach on 23rd February 2023.   Click here to see a selection of photos.
Photos Credit : Chris Webber - Freelance Photographer / British Divers Marine Life Rescue Medic
Seal releaseSeal Release
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, Ginger, Horseradish, Kuri, Liquorice, Peppercorn, Poppy Seed, Saffron, Seasalt, Sesame, Turmeric and Vanilla, were taken on the 25th of February 2023.

Click here or on the image of your choice below to see a larger version. Enjoy!
Ginger Horseradish Kuri Liquorice Peppercorn Poppy Seed Saffron Seasalt Sesame Turmeric Vanilla

Meet the Seal Pups - Virtual Experience!
We joined Beth, part of the Animal Care Team Specialist, who took us to meet all the current patients in the main seal hospital on Sunday the 5th of February 2023.

Cadmanon is in hospital pen number 3, now weighs 24kgs..   Liquorice is in hospital pen number 4, she is a melanistic grey seal pup, meaning pure black, this is not usual in grey seals.   Poppy Seed is in hospital pen number 1, she currently weighs 16.65kg.   Turmeric is still in hospital pen number 2 with problems with his right eye, once he has finished the course of antibiotic eye drops, he will be moved to the outside pools shortly and currently weighs 20.5kg.
Meet the Seal Pups - Virtual Experience - 5th February 2023
We joined Lauren, part of the Animal Care Team Specialist, who took us to meet all the current patients in the main seal hospital on Sunday the 19th of February 2023.

Turmeric is still in hospital pen number 2 with problems with his right eye which is responding to treatment. New rescued pup, Horseradish, who was rescued on 9th February 2023, has a swollen front right flipper which caused by an abscess. He is currently in hospital pen number 3.   Liquorice, is in hospital pen number 4, she just needs to put on a little bit more weight before she is moved down to the outside nursery pools.
Meet the Seal Pups - Virtual Experience - 19th February 2023
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 "Meet the pups - Live Virtual Hospital Tour" - Sunday 5th March 2023 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.

Seal Pup Mania! - Half Term - February 2023
Dive into an ocean of fun this February half term with SEAL PUP MANIA! ??

This event is all about celebrating the vital work rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing pups around the Cornish coastline.   With pups still in the Seal Hospital and nursery pools, see the work in action and watch the rescue demos.

The Sanctuary also has a brand new
story-time event with Lily the Seal, competitions and more!   Click here for more information.

Check out the progress - the Beavers have made!   They are still being very busy maintaining their large dam in the last couple of months as well as plenty of felling action! They are almost through felling one of the trees, located a few metres up from their lodge (see their progress in the images below)!

Beavers can be considered
"ecosystem engineers", this means that they perform specific actions such as felling trees, dam building and storing water. These behaviours help to manipulate the environment to suit them.
Check out the progress the Beavers  have made

Photo Gallery
We hope you enjoy the selection of photos taken in February 2023, click here or on the photo of your choice below to see a larger version.
Pumpkin and Aayla Banana
Jarvis doing target training with Megan Bo
Pumpkin being fed by Polly We are sure Ray is laughing
Feeding time Beautiful Jinx
Iona with her son Komper! - photo taken on 25th February 2023 Greyface Dartmoor Sheep
Some of the Animal Care Team Marlin
Sheba Atlanta
Pumpkin Aayla

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:-

Prudie on 1st February 2023
Goonies, Jewell, Orion, Sabine and Shuttle on 2nd February 2023
Pippin (photo below left) on 4th, 7th and 10th February 2023
Mayonnaise on 6th and 8th February 2023
Hufflepuff and Zimt on 6th February 2023
Petunia on 2nd and 9th February 2023
Rosemary and Shirley (photo below right) on 10th February 2023
Whist on 11th February 2023
Turtle on 12th February 2023
Nemo and Star Anise on 16th February 2023
Riley on 16th and 20th February 2023
Chimichurri on 22nd February 2023

© Photos Credit : Kerstin Hartmann (CSGRT)
Pippin - Photo Credit : Kerstin HartmannShirley - 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.

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

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