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Issue 217
May 2023


And that´s a wrap!   Here is the Cornish Seal Sanctuary´s round-up of pup stats for the 2022/23 season??   Click here to read the press release.
Cornish Seal Sanctuary's round-up of pup stats for the 2022-23 season
Don´t forget there is still time to help cover some of these costs by donating to the Sanctuary´s Pup Wishlist Appeal, donate by clicking the link here:- Wishlist Appeal here.
12,000 welly changes and 50 pups - the Cornish Seal Sanctuary signs off pup season!

Penguins, the new feature for 2010
Recently the Cornish Seal Sanctuary announced that Cornwall´s up-and-coming artist has only gone and done it again by creating a fabulous A2 masterpiece!   That´s right, resident Humboldt penguin, Squidge, has put on his artist hat once again to help to raise money for the pools.

Every penny goes toward Sanctuary´s
"Fund Our Future" campaign which is all about securing our future for generations to come??

Using non-toxic, pet-friendly paint,
this vet-approved enrichment activity is just one way the team help Squidge remain active and engaged.
Squidge's art work
Happy 5th birthday to the amazing Humboldt Penguin, Squidge!   He was born at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary on the 27th of May 2018 to his parents, Gilbert and Lola. Unfortunately, the couple spent so much time bickering over Squidge that they weren´t caring for him properly and despite much encouragement by the team, it was decided that he would have to be hand-reared. The team worked around the clock and he was soon strong enough to move back in with the rest of the penguin colony, the rest is history!

Squidge is a
very curious penguin and very talented! In fact, his A2 masterpiece is up for grabs until the end of May.
Happy 5th Birthday Squidge!

Celebrating the King´s Coronation Weekend, seal style!

To mark this very
special occasion, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary treated their very own Queen Sheba to a fabulous coronation quiche!
Celebrating the King's Coronation Weekend

The Paddock Animals
The goats - photos by Alison Davey - BDMLR - Cornish Seal Sanctuary Volunteer
The Pygmy Goats, Marvin, Dennis, Ernie and Bertie, are enjoying their mid morning treats!
Then vs now - Little Komper
Then vs Now! Check out how much little Komper has grown since February!

Komper is part of a herd who joined the Sanctuary´s site at the end of last summer to help manage the grass, with
owner Katie leasing the area for these very special rare-breed sheep.   Say hi to Komper this half term.

Step into nature with Wildlife Week at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary??

This jam-packed week of activities kicks off from 27th May - 4th June and includes our "Big Wildlife Count" survey, daily wildlife workshops, arty activities, and more!

The Seal Sanctuary are also
excited to announce the brand-new Golden Ticket Scavenger Hunt.   Each day, there will be a Golden Ticket hidden around the Sanctuary for you to find!   If you can find it before time runs out, you will win an exclusive Behind the Seals tour that very day.

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary would like to say A Huge Thank You to everyone who took part in Sprint For Seals on the 14th of May 2023!

Under sunny skies,
37 runners set out to complete two laps of the Sanctuary, waving to the seals as they went past and taking on the hills and woodland paths?????

fantastic morning was had by all, with everyone very happy to claim their water and banana at the end, as well as their hard-earned medals and t-shirts.   A huge thank you to the Cornwall Council Community Chest for sponsoring the event, and for Westcountry Fruit Sales Ltd and Caterfood for providing much needed sustenance!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who took part in Sprint For Seals 2023 - with your amazing donations and sponsorship, we raised a fantastic £1,990!

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:-

Basil (photo below left) on 1st May 2023
Sabine (photo below right) on 5th May 2023
Pebbles on 6th May 2023
Prudie on 9th and 19th May 2023
Hufflepuff on 10th May 2023
Zimt on 18th May 2023

© Photo Credit (left) : James Savage - © Photo Credit (right) : Sue Sayer MBE (CSGRT)
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.

6 things to remember when spotting seals in the wild

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

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