News Update News Update Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Issue 215
March 2023


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, Dill, Garlic, Ginger, Horseradish, Kuri, Liquorice, Peppercorn, Rue, Sage, Saffron, Sea Salt, Sesame, Turmeric and Vanilla were taken on the 2nd and 3rd of March 2023.

Click here or on the image of your choice below to see a larger version. Enjoy!
Dill Garlic Ginger Horseradish Kuri Liquorice Peppercorn Rue Sage Saffron Sea Salt Sesame Turmeric Vanilla
Meet Sage...she had one of her digits amputated by the Sanctuary´s veterinary team at Head & Head in Helston earlier this month and she is currently on antibiotics to treat the infection.   Sage will have to wait a little longer for it to heal before she can have a swim again but the animal care team hope it is a speedy recovery for her!   The veterinary team have done this procedure many times and seals can adjust well to missing limbs.   There is no reason Sage will not be able to live a long and happy life in the wild once she has fully recovered.
Each rescued seal pup is weighed every week to find out who has reached the ideal target weight of 30+kg. Saffron and Vanilla were weighed and both were over 30kg, so were ready to be released back into the wild. They had completed their rehabilitation and it was time for them to go home.

On the 3rd of March 2023, Saffron and Vanilla were loaded into the back of a 4x4 vehicle from the rehabilitation pool and driven the short distance to Kennack Sands.

It was such a beautiful cold winter sunny afternoon as we watched the seal pups being released. Vanilla was out of her cage first followed by Saffron.   As they made their way to the water, they looked back to say thank you and goodbye.   We all wished them good luck and waved with tears in our eyes.  
Click here to see a selection of photos.   Click here to watch a short video of their release.
Update - 26th March 2023 : During Turmeric´s time in the hospital, the team noticed that one of his eyes was at a high risk of rupture. The team focused on trying to save his eye for the past month but unfortunately, it did not improve. Turmeric received an operation to have the eye removed last week. The operation went really well and lasted about an hour and a half, he also breathed mostly for himself, which is amazing!

The eye area will be quite swollen for a while until the wound starts to heal. Turmeric is on
antibiotics and pain relief for the next 7 days as well as receiving daily eye cleaning from our animal experts. He will start feeling a lot more comfortable now as the build-up of pressure behind his eye is now gone. The team suspect he will make a full recovery and hopefully be released into the wild soon.
Meet the Seal Pups - Virtual Experience!
We joined Katherine, part of the Animal Care Team, who took us to meet all the current patients in the main seal hospital on Sunday the 5th of March 2023.

Ginger is in pen number 1, she is still snotty and her breathing is much better.   Turmeric is still in number 2.   Garlic is in pen number 3. Liquorice is in pen number 4, she is a melanistic grey seal pup, meaning pure black, this is not usual in grey seals.  
Meet the Seal Pups - Virtual Experience - 5th March 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" - 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.

Penguins, the new feature for 2010
Waddles celebrated his 26th birthday earlier this month on 13th March!

He arrived at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary back in December 2015, from the Isle of Wight.   Waddles has a very big appetite and unlike his fellow penguins, is not a fussy eater!   He will often even pick up fish the others have thrown on the floor.   Waddles tends to be a little shy and will often hang back at feeding time, however, he is very good at catching fish!
Waddles celebrating his 26th birthday on 13th March
Yoni celebrated her 12th birthday also this month on 27th March!

She arrived at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary back in November 2012 from Blankenberge in Belgium.   Yoni is discernible from the others as she can often be found in the pool chasing visitors at the windows.   Yoni has partnered up with Pine, a male from Weymouth, and she regularly puts up with his naughty behaviour.
Yoni celebrating her 12th birthday on 27th March

Photo Gallery
We hope you enjoy the selection of photos taken in early March 2023, click here or on the photo of your choice below to see a larger version.
Pumpkin with Aayla and Willow Pumpkin with Aayla and Willow
The Cornhish Seal Sanctuary The Cornhish Seal Sanctuary
The Cornhish Seal Sanctuary Komper was born at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary on 15th February 2023
Owners of special rare-breed sheep Bertie
Diego - Patagonian Sea Lion Diego - Patagonian Sea Lion
Cornish Seal Sanctuary Beautiful Sheba
Ray Ray and Atlanta
Ernie, Bertie, Marvin and Dennis Greyface Dartmoor Sheep
Valais Blacknose Wether Sheep and Greyface Dartmoor Sheep Pumpkin with rescued seal pup Dill in the background
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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:-

Hufflepuff on 3rd, 10th and 22nd March 2023
Basil on 5th March 2023
Peri Peri (photo below left) and Sabine (photo below right) on 6th March 2023
Guinness, Star Anise and Zimt on 9th March 2023
Chimichurri on 19th March 2023
Orion on 21st March 2023
Prudie on 25th March 2023
Stephen Fry, Nampara and Saffron on 30th March 2023

© Photos Credit : Peri Peri (left) - Jeremy Gibson - Sabine (right) Sue Sayer MBE (CSGRT)
Peri Peri - Photo Credit : Jeremy GibsonSabine - Photo Credit : Sue Sayer MBE
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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