News Update News Update Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Issue 218
June 2023


Earlier this month on the 8th of June, World Ocean´s Day 2023 : Professional underwater explorer and TV presenter Andy Torbet joined the conservation charity SEA LIFE TRUST as their newest Ambassador.

The TV personality, stuntman and world-renowned diving expert helped to amplify the charity´s vital conservation and animal welfare messages, calling for more people than ever before to help protect our world´s oceans for generations to come.

It comes as the charity kicked off its
24-hour Global Beach Clean event, which saw hundreds of people from around the world hosting beach cleans and raising awareness about the crisis happening in our oceans.   Click here to Read More.
beach clean day


Happy 13th birthday to the amazing Humboldt Penguin, Pine.

Pine was born at Weymouth SEA LIFE on the 10th of June 2010, he arrived at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in October 2012 to be reunited with his friends Ivy, Piran and Gilbert.
Happy 13th Birthday Pine!

Resident Common Seals
Birthday Boy Bo and a very cheeky Seagull!

We would like to wish a very happy 10th birthday to the handsome lovely, Bo??   Bo lives with his younger brother Buddy and rescued common seal Jarvis.   He is a very confident seal and always the first up at feeding time.   He can be impatient and may even start tapping his flipper on the floor if the fish isn´t being delivered quickly enough.
Happy 10th Birthday Bo!

Ben, the Sanctuary´s Animal Care Supervisor and his family took on the 3 peaks challenge earlier this month!

With the aim to raise money for Sanctuary´s new pools, they trekked the
3 highest peaks in the UK in just 24 hours!   Starting at Ben Nevis in Scotland, then made their way down to Scafell Pike in England, and finishing off with Mount Snowden in Wales.

After a
gruelling journey, with some very early starts, sun, rain, snow (and even some lightning!), Ben made it back with 27 minutes to spare, and the team raised an amazing £566.73 for the Sanctuary´s "Fund Our Future" campaign!   Fantastic work guys, we are so proud of you all!

If you would like
to donate, please click on this link.   Thank you so much!

Photo Gallery
We hope you enjoy the selection of photos taken in June 2023, click here or on the photo of your choice below to see a larger version.
Atlanta relaxing on the side of the enclosure Pumpkin and Jinx with Banana in the background
Willow being fed by Catherine Lauren feeding Pumpkin
Cornish Seal Sanctuary Marlin
Jarvis Bo
Jarvis and Bo Bo
Jarvis Deigo - Patagonian Sea Lion
Lola - Humboldt Penguin Waddles - Humboldt Penguin
Pine - Humboldt Penguin Pine and Ivy - Humboldt Penguin
Cornish Seal Sanctuary Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Bertie Greyface Dartmoor Sheep
Valais Blacknose Wether Sheep Ernie - Pygmy Goat
Aayla Aayla
Handsome Yulelogs - he is 33 years old now Our handsome Ray
Marlin being fed Sheba being fed by Polly!   Did you know that Sheba is 48 years young
Some of the animal care team, Zac, Ben and Polly Catherine, Elliot, Beth, Lauren and Zac

This gorgeous junvenile female seal has been spotted frequently this month relaxing on the shore of the Helford Estuary opposite the Seal Sanctuary.   She likes to wave at the visitors. So during your next visit, keep a look out for her. The members of the Animal Care Team have already obversed her from a distance, she is perfectly fine, so no need to worry if you see her.
Seal  in the shore - Helford Estuary

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:-

Pebbles on 3rd and 6th June 2023
Prudie on 4th and 29th June 2023
Orion on 5th, 12th, 15th and 29th June 2023
Saffron on 11th June 2023
Hufflepuff and Turtle on 12th June 2023
The Shining on 15th June 2023
Hulk on 23rd June 2023 - Isle of Man

It has been many years since
Hulk (below) was seen in the wild.   Shane Stigant was snorkelling off the Isle of Man when he came across a seal with a yellow ID tag, unfortunately the number was very faded, so after some research, he contacted members of the CSGRT and after looking back through fur pattern records for that year, we are delighted to say this is Hulk.   Hulk was seen on the 20th of June 2023.

© Photo Credit below : Shane Stigant
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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