News Update News Update Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Issue 212
January 2023

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PLEASE NOTE NEW OPENING TIMES!
From 9th January to 13th February 2023 (Half Term), the Cornish Seal Sanctuary will now be closed on Thursdays and Fridays.

The Sanctuary´s usual opening times will run between
Saturday - Wednesday from 11am - 4pm, returning to daily opening from the week beginning of 13th February 2023.

To book your visit online, click here.

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, Chipotle, Chimichurri Chive, Clove, Fennel, Kelpie, Lavender, Miso, Oregano, Sea Salt, Sesame, Tulsi Turmeric and Vanilla, were taken on the 21st January 2023.

Click here or on the image of your choice below to see a larger version. Enjoy!
Chipotle Chimichurri Chive Clove Fennel Kelpie Lavender Miso Oregano Sea Salt Sesame Tulsi Turmeric Vanilla
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.

Basil and Rosemary were released on 10th January 2023 at Kennack Sands.

Paprika was released on 20th January 2023 at Church Cove.

Barles, Mac ´n´ Cheese, Nagi, Tony Jalapeño and Wasabi had reached their ideal target release weight, so it was time for them to return to the wild.   They were loaded into the Sanctuary´s trailer and taken the short distance to Kennack Sands.

Click here to see a selection of photos of the release which were taken on 13th January 2023.   Click here or below to watch a short video of the release.
Photos Credit (below) - Lizzi Larbalestier - British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR)
Seal Release - 13th January 2023 - Photo Credit : Lizzi LarbalestierSeal Release - 13th January 2023 - Photo Credit : Lizzi Larbalestier
The whereabout of the pups within the Seal Sanctuary as of 31st January 2023:-

Hospital - Cardamom, Poppy Seed, Saffron and Turmeric

Nursery Pools - Chipotle, Fennel, Miso, Onion Powder, Sea Salt, Sesame, Tulsi and Vanilla

Rehabilitation Pool - Chimichurri, Chive and Clove

Meet the Seal Pups - Virtual Experience!
We joined Katherine, one of the Animal Care Team Specialist, at Cornish Seal Sanctuary live on Sunday the 8th of January 2023 for this season´s behind the scenes virtual experience.

Katherine gave us an update on Oregano who is now in the outside nursery pool.   Fennel is still in hospital pen number 3, he is still not sure about eating fish!   Clove is in hospital pen number 4, he was rescued from Crantock beach on 20th December 2022.   Turmeric who was rescued on 6th January 2023 is in hospital pen number 2, he had deep wounds around his flipper tail and problems with breathing.   Sesame who is in hospital pen 1 was rescued by Elliot and Lauren, members of the Animal Care team, on 28th December 2022 from Cadgwith Cove. He loves trying to escape from his pen.
Meet the Seal Pups - Virtual Experience - 8th January 2023
We joined Annie, one of the Animal Care Team Specialist, at Cornish Seal Sanctuary live on Sunday the 22nd of January 2023 for this season´s behind the scenes virtual experience.

Annie gave us an update on the current patients in the main hospital - Vanilla, a 12 weeks old female grey seal pup, was rescued on 4th January 2023 from Watergate Bay, she is currently in pen number 1, she is so beautiful!   Turmeric, a 12 weeks old male grey seal pup, was also rescued on 4th January 2023 from Mawgan Porth, he is in pen number 2.   Tulsi, a 12 weeks old female grey seal pup, was rescued on 9th January 2023 from Hollywell Bay, he is in pen 3 and Chipotle, a 12 weeks old male grey seal pup, was rescued on 24th December 2022 from St Michael´s Bay is in pen number 4.
Meet the Seal Pups - Virtual Experience - 22ndJanuary 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" on Sunday 5th February 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.

Happy Birthdays in January!
Aayla was rescued from Bacton, Norfolk in January 2017 and taken to a local rehabilitation centre. She was malnourished and had a small injury on her right flipper.

After investigation by a vet, it was discovered that the wound was more serious than initially suspected. There was an
infection in the bones which meant she had to have several removed to stop the infection spreading, so had to receive continuous care. Unable to stay in her previous home in Hunstanton SEA LIFE, she was relocated to Gweek in July 2018 where she has found her permanent home.

Aayla enjoys playing with other seals around her age such as Willow, Jinx and Banana. They love to
sneak up on and pester each other when sunbathing!
Happy Birthday Aayla!
Happy Birthday to the darling Marlin who was rescued from Sennen Cove in 2002 and taken to a local rehabilitation centre.   He was tangled in fishing netting, which unfortunately is not uncommon for seals. Marlin was in the process of rehabilitation and set for release when it was noticed that he was losing weight and bumping into other seals and the side of the pool.   After further investigation, it was discovered that he is completely blind. As there were no obvious injuries to his eyes, it is likely that he was born blind, so he was given a permanent home at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary. Rest assured that Marlin´s limited vision hasn´t stopped him from excelling at his husbandry training!
Happy Birthday Marlin!

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 - so, don´t miss out!   Click here for more information.

Photo Gallery
We hope you enjoy the selection of photos taken in January 2023, click here or on the photo of your choice below to see a larger version.

Have you purchase your Calendar for this year?
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary 2023 calendar is available! Full of wonderful pictures taken by our guests during their visit, you can enjoy the faces of the Sanctuary every month. Call the Cornish Seal Sanctuary on 01326 221361 to buy a calendar.

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?

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 Somerset to Dorset:-

Squid on 2nd January 2023
Prudie on 2nd, 5th, 11th, 13th, 21st, 22nd, 25th, 26th and 30th January 2023
Basil on 2nd and 4th January 2023
Wonder Woman (photo below) on 2nd, 9th and 19th January 2023
Beast on 3rd, 13th, 19th and 27th January 2023
Jewell and Riley on 5th January 2023
Whist on 8th January 2023
Orion on 9th January 2023
Shirley on 10th, 16th, 18th, 21st, 25th and 30th January 2023
Mayonnaise on 13th January 2023
Hufflepuff on 13th and 27th January 2023
Sabine on 13th and 16th January 2023
Zimt on 13th and 30th January 2023
Lewis on 6th, 16th and 20th January 2023
Rocket Dog and Stephen Fry on 19th January 2023
Shuttle on 19th, 21st, 22nd, 26th, 28th and 30th January 2023
Pippin on 21st, 22nd, 26th, 28th and 30th January 2023
Star Anise on 23rd and 27th January 2023
Elvis on 26th January 2023
Guinness and Sabine on 27th January 2023


© Photo Credit - Sue Sayer MBE - CSGRT - 2nd January 2023
Rescued Seal Pups 2022/23
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 Snowdrop and read her amazing Story!
We would like to share the amazing story of Snowdrop 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 in 2010.   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 Snowdrop´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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