News Update News Update Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Issue 223
November 2023


Each rescued seal pup is weighed every week to find out who has reached the ideal target weight of 30+kg. Judi Dench, Jack Black and Owen Wilson were weighed and both were over 30kg, so were ready to be released back into the wild. They had fully completed their rehabilitation and it was time for them to go home.

On the 21st of November 2023, Judi, Jack and Owen were loaded into the back of a 4x4 vehicle from the rehabilitation pool and driven to Perranuthnoe beach on the south coast of Cornwall.

It was such a beautiful cold crispy sunny autumn afternoon as we watched the seal pups being released.   We all wished them good luck and waved with tears in our eyes.

Click here to read the press release.   Click here to watch a short video of the release.
Click here to see a selection of photos taken by Gill Fisher - British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR).

Photos Credit (below) : Gill Fisher - BDMLR
Dwayne Johnson, common seal pup, was released back into the wild on the 15th of November 2023 followed by Dawn French a few days later on 17th of November 2023 at Dollar Cove, Gunwalloe.

Rebel Wilson was released on 28th of November 2023 at Dollar Cove.

Grey Seals Strap
If you´ve paid the Cornish Seal Sanctuary a visit in the past few months, you might have observed that Banana has been kept in a separate pool away from her friends.   Unfortunately, Banana has been facing recurring seizures since February 2022 and the Sanctuary´s vets at both Head & Head and International Zoo Veterinary Group (IZVG) have been working really hard to find a suitable medication to prevent this from happening.

The team are so pleased to say that Banana has now been stable on her medication with
no seizures for over 4 months, this has involved training her to have regular bloods taken and she has now been moved back into the pool with the common seals.   The animal care team reunited her with her poolmates last month on the 26th of October 2023 and the boys have welcomed her back and Banana seems very happy.
Banana with her pool friends
Happy 8th Birthday to our beautiful Jinx!

This month we celebrated Jinx´s birthday. She was rescued in April 2017 from Godrevy, Jinx was originally found dehydrated, malnourished and displaying signs of anaemia.   After lots of investigation, vets found that steroids seemed to calm her condition (thought to be similar to irritable bowel syndrome in humans).   Without the steroids, Jinx would become sick again, so the team decided to offer her a forever home. Today, she´s loves being around her pool-mates and is now thriving in her own place among the residents!
Happy Birthday Jinx

Did you know...In the water Humboldt Penguins cruise at a speed of around 5 miles per hour, rising to 10 mph if they are hunting or fleeing predators.

If you have visited the Cornish Seal Sanctuary over past few months, you may have noticed that Gilbert, Ivy, Lola, Pine, Piran, Squidge, Waddles and Yoni, the Humboldt Penguins, have new ID flipper tags with their names on them!   Don´t the new tags look impressive!
Gilbert Ivy Lola Pine Piran Squidge Waddles Yoni

The new Calendar for 2024 is now available to buy!

So exciting and as you can see, Jarvis is very proud!

A huge thank you to all who shared their photos with the Cornish Seal Sanctuary for this year´s competition - The team are thrilled with the results!

Click here to buy yours online. This would make a great Birthday and/or Christmas present!
CSS calendar 2024

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:-

Elvis on 1st November 2023
Turtle on 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd November 2023
Orion on 1st, 5th, 6th, 9th, 13th, 16th, 23rd, 27th, 29th and 30th November 2023
Mr Darcy on 6th November 2023
Wonder Woman on 6th, 13th and 16th November 2023
Pippin on 11th, 17th and 22nd November 2023
Rocket Dog on 13th, 27th and 30th November 2023
Saffron on 13th November 2023
Snowdrop on 13th and 27th November 2023
Fortune on 15th November 2023
Mayonnaise 15th and 27th November 2023
Paprika on 20th November 2024
Shuttle on 23rd and 27th November 2023
Taco on 27th November 2023
Petunia on 28th November 2023
Nampara on 29th November 2023
Magnum P.I. on 30th November 2023
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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