News Update News Update Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Issue 221
September 2023


Update - 3rd September 2023 : The first rescued pup for 2023/24 season, Sienna Miller, has started to moult. This means she is beginning to lose her whitecoat and soon it will be replaced with her waterproof, adult coat.   She is getting a lot more stable with her weight and the team are now reducing the amount of fish soup and transitioning her to fish. She has calmed down a lot and seems to be doing really well with her first step in rehabilitation.   She currently weighs 13.1kg.   For latest update - go to Sienna´s page.
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Update - 9th September 2023 : Sienna is doing really well in the hospital and has actually now come off her treatment.   She is currently having supervised swims and has even put on a little more weight!

Once the team are happy with her progress, Sienna will be able to move on to the next part of her rehabilitation and will graduate to the outside nursery pools down on-site soon.
Sienna Miller
Owen Wilson, a day old male whitecoat grey pup, was rescued on the 2nd of September 2023 after he was found at 7.30am snoozing on the pier steps on the slipway at St Ives beach.

Volunteer medics from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) were called to go and check on the whitecoat pup to see whether his mum was nearby.

The tide was against them and rising fast on the pier, also trip boats were due to use the slipway very shortly at 11am.   By 10.30am a decision was made by the BDMLR´s coordinator, as there was no sign of the pup´s mum, to rescue the pup and take him to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary´s hospital for care and rehabilitation.   Click here to read more.

Photos credit (below) : Tash Murch - BDMLR
Owen Wilson - Photo credit:  Tash MurchOwen Wilson - Photo credit:  Tash Murch
Dwayne Johnson, a male common seal pup was about 10-12 weeks old, was found on the beach at Harlyn Bay by members of the BDMLR on the 5th of September 2023.

He was found very malnourished with puncture wounds on his rear flippers, plus a cut and swelling on his lower jaw with a high temperature of 38 degrees.

He was quickly transferred into the care of the Cornish Seal Sanctuary to undergo rehabilitation and receiving the medication needed.   Click here to read more.

Photos credit (below) : Sam Martinhull - BDMLR
Dwayne Johnson - Photo credit: Sam MartinhullDwayne Johnson - Photo credit: Sam Martinhull
Dame Judi Dench, a female Grey seal pup, was just under 3 weeks old (whitecoat) when she was rescued by BDMLR medics during the evening on the 21st of September 2023 after she was found on the beach at Millook by members of the public.

The pup was found very lethargic, dehydrated, a
temperature of 39 degrees, a high breathing rate and a really bad wound to the rear right flipper, possibly an abscess.   Michelle, one of the volunteer marine medics, administered a tube feed before the short journey to the local vets at Penbode for further checks.   Luckily Vet and a BDMLR medic was on call that night and gave antibiotics to the 22kg pup on arrival with no fight back at all and relieved the abscess.

The next morning the pup was relayed by members of the BDMLR medics to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary for care, treatment and rehabilitation.   Upon arrival at the hospital, the members of the animal care team carried out a clincial assessment on the pup. Her wounds were cleaned and treated, she has prescribed a course of antibotics by the Sanctuary´s vets.   Click here to read more.

Photos credit (below) : Ado Shorland - BDMLR
Dame Judi Dench - Photo credit:  Ado ShorlandDame Judi Dench - Photo credit:  Ado Shorland
This unsurprisingly 4 weeks old female grey pup weighing in at 33kg, was rescued on 26th of September 2023 after she was found on the beach in St Ives Bay by members of the public. The BDMLR medics were called to go and check on the pup which had wounds to her body and an issue with her right eye.   This pup has been named "Dawn French".

You may have noticed that the pup has
one eye, this is because her right eye did not develop. She is currently receiving treatment for an infection on her flipper.   Click here to read more.
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For a week or so the whitecoat pups will be tube fed 4-6 times a day including nights with liquidised fish soup and then slowly introduced to eating whole fish.   As the pups progress in their rehabilitation journey, they will eventually be moved from the hospital to the outside nursery pools.

Photo Gallery
We hope you enjoy the selection of photos taken in September 2023, click here or on the photo of your choice below to see a larger version.
When Aayla met the Ferrets When Aayla met the Ferrets
Handsome Ray! Yulelogs
Cornish Seal Sanctuary Pumpkin got his fish!
Special Rare-Breed Sheep - Komper Ernie
Dennis Ernie
Greyface Dartmoor Sheep Atlanta
Sheba Pumpkin
Jarvis Sheba
Diego Diego
We had a lots of fun day with the Rewind Radio for Cornwall Crew! Playground
Ray Jinx and Pumpkin
Aayla with Banana Ben feeding Marlin
Beautiful Jinx Yulelogs
Bee Aware Beehive
Marlow and Aries Common Seals
Amazing dam built by the beavers Beautiful view across the Helford Estuary
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Special Event - 1st September 2023
A big shout-out to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary for another successful VIP Garden Party event on Friday 1st of September 2023!

This annual event is all about
raising money for the Fund Our Future campaign, which will see new pools built at the site to ensure the Sanctuary´s future to come.   Click here to see a selection of photos of the event!

Grey Seals Strap
Happy 34th Birthday to our darling, Yulelogs!

On the 9th of September the team have outdone themselves with his fish cake, look at those colourful layers and shapes!

He was originally rescued in 1989 by a marine park in the north of England, when the park closed down Yulelogs was released back into the wild.   However, as he had spent such a long time in captivity, he had no idea how to feed himself and had become too used to humans.   The decision was eventually made that the Cornish Seal Sanctuary would offer Yulelogs his forever home at the Sanctuary.

favourite snack is conga eels and he loves to spend sunny days snoozing and when he moults his fur, he likes to let it all go green with algae...very fashionable!
Happy 49th birthday to our lovely Sheba (and another shout out to our cake-making queen, Polly, for another fabulous creation)! ??

Sheba was originally rescued as a pup in Cornwall in the mid-1970s.   She had nasty infections in both eyes which left her partially sighted; a problem which is exacerbated in bright sunshine or during the annual moult, when stray fur can aggravate her eyes.

Sheba is very social and playful; enjoying spending time with the other seals in the pool. She also adores enrichment activities - especially ice blocks or playing with huge fronds of seaweed!
Happy 49th Birthday Sheba

The Sanctuary´s Squad - 9th September 2023

Did you join the team for three hours of activity sessions to help kids get hands-on with practical conservation??

From fun sessions in the nature area to activities with the resident animals - there´s plenty to do.

For example activities included:-
- Checking beaver camera traps
- Bird counting
- Seal scatter feeds
- Bug hunting
The September´s session was from 1pm to 4pm.
Santuary's Squad day - 9th September 2023

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!

Seals in the wild Strap
We went to check on a seal colony in Cornwall in late September - enjoy admiring these photos. Click here to see a selection of photos.

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:-

Snowdrop on 2nd September 2023
Rocket Dog and Snowdrop on 3rd September 2023
Prudie on 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th, 15th and 27th September 2023
Orion on 7th, 12th, 14th, 16th, 22nd, 25th, 28th and 29th September 2023
Nemo on 14th September 2023
Shuttle on 17th September 2023
Poppadom on 21st and 25th September 2023
Mr Darcy and Lewis on 25th September 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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