|Cornish Seal Sanctuary
The first pup, a grey seal named "Sienna Miller", was rescued on the 18th of August 2023, after she was found separated from her mother on a beach near Perranporth.
Volunteer medics from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) were first alerted to her the day before. However, with a busy beach full of beachgoers, it was difficult for the pup´s mum to return.
The team made every effort to keep people and dogs away to give the pup the best chance possible, monitoring the pup till late in the evening. By the morning, though, the pup had swum to another busy beach making the chances of being reunited with mum very slim.
The decision was made to bring the pup in for its own safety, and she was transferred to Head & Head in Helston, where they found small wounds to her flippers and a lung infection. At just a couple of days old, she was quickly transferred into the care of the Cornish Seal Sanctuary to undergo rehabilitation, with the aim of returning her back to the wild.
Elliot Badrick, the Senior Animal Care Specialist for the Sanctuary said "It´s hard for the pups at this time of year - our beaches are still busy, which means human disturbance is a huge risk, and we´re likely to see more pups coming in for this reason."
"Young grey seal pups like Sienna, who still have their white coats, are much more vulnerable, too, which means we have to take extra precautions in our hospital to ensure they aren´t stressed and get all the rest they need to put on weight for a healthy recovery."
The second pup, a common seal pup weighing just 8.9kg, was found on the 19th of August 2023 at Mawgan Porth by volunteer medics from the BDMLR.
This has been named "Hugh Grant", in line with the Sanctuary´s "actors/actresses" theme for the 2023/24 rescue season. He was completely malnourished, with swelling around his muzzle and a large ulcer in his right eye.
Elliot Badrick, the Senior Animal Care Specialist for the Sanctuary said "It´s been some time since we last took in a common seal. Despite their name, they´re not very common around the Cornish coastline, and they´re much smaller than those from our grey seal population."
"However, Hugh Grant is bright and active, and we´re hopeful we can help him successfully through the rehabilitation process and get him back out to where he´s supposed to be."
Update - 27th August 2023 : Sienna and Hugh are now being cared for in the Sanctuary´s Seal Hospital, with regular night feeds and continuous monitoring until they can reach full health and return to the wild in a few months´ time.
A huge congratulations to the team led by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue with the Cornish Seal Sanctuary (plus many other helpers!) for the successful rescue of Wings the seal, who was found with a ring-style frisbee around her neck on the 4th of July 2023.
Wings, a wild seal who has frequented St Ives for years, was recently spotted entangled in the ring by members of the public. The frisbees can be fatal if left unremoved, and this one was particularly tight!
Thankfully, the teams were able to help Wings to ensure she could return happily to the wild, frisbee-free ??
As always, we are asking anyone visiting our beaches this summer to please avoid playing with these flying rings near open water, and to opt for a solid disc frisbee instead.
You can read more about Wings and her rescue here.
Photos credit : Cornish Seal Sanctuary and British Divers Marine Life Rescue
| Say No to the "Flying Rings"
As you can see...Flying Rings can have a detrimental impact on our marine environment...especially for the seals living on our coast? We ask you not to be tempered to buy these Flying Rings from the gift shops at the seasides or from supermarkets! There are still many shops selling these.
Photos Credit : Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust
We hope you enjoy the selection of photos taken in July 2023, click here or on the photo of your choice below to see a larger version.
|The results are in...and SEA LIFE Trust has set a new record! ??
In fact, this year saw the biggest SEA LIFE TRUST Global Beach Clean to date, and we couldn´t do it without you.
A huge thank you to the 1,643 people from around the world who helped collect almost 3,000kg of litter - that´s pretty amazing!
Check out the full results and photo video right here. SEA LIFE TRUST can´t wait to see you for the next one in 2024.
Happy Birthday to the gorgerous, Diego who celebrated being 18 on the 1st of July 2023.
This clumsy boy Diego is full of character and loves to spend his summer in the sun where he snoozes on his rock by his beach haul out. Diego also loves enrichment and gets very excited about water hoses.
Haaaapppppy 9th Birthday to Buddy!??
The animal care team celebrated Buddy´s birthday on the 13th of July with this beautiful "ice fish cake"!
Buddy is a common seal who lives at the Sanctuary with his brother Bo and rescued common seal Jarvis.
He is always the first to come over and say hello, as well as being super eager to learn (and especially loves enrichment, like his favourite frozen ice balls!)
Haaaapppppy 7th Birthday to Jarvis!??
Rescued off the coast of Porthminster Beach in September 2016, Jarvis was underweight and blind in both eyes, which is why he remains under the Sanctuary´s care.
Today, Jarvis lives with the other resident common seals, Buddy and Bo??
Although quite shy, he is very clever and is becoming more confident. He also loves to throw around rubber dog toys!
The team celebrated Jarvis´s birthday on the 16th of July.
Happy 14th birthday to the amazing Humboldt Penguin, Lola, who celebrated her birthday on the 18th of August.
Lola arrived at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in March 2010 from SEA LIFE Weymouth, along with her fellow Penguins, Gilbert, Piran and Ivy. Gilbert and Lola have since become an item and became a confirmed pair after they laid their first egg.
Lola is incredibly playful when she isn´t busy nesting. She is very inquisitive and is often the first to investigate any new toys or enrichment??
P.S. The animal care team promised us that Lola loved her cake really!
Summer Superstars - 22nd July - 3rd September 2023
Become a Seal Superstar and make your pledge to protect our oceans this summer ??
To get your Seal Superstar Passport, you´ll need to learn how to make bracelets from ocean waste, watch the Sanctuary´s seal pup rescue demonstrations and discover more about our Superstar of the Week.
Other fun activities include (but are not limited to) Lily the mascot meet-and-greets, daily talks and feeds, and the quiz trail!
Click here to find out more.
The next Sanctuary´s Squad is almost here...a date for your diary...9th September 2023
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 include:-
- Checking beaver camera traps
- Bird counting
- Seal scatter feeds
- Bug hunting
The September´s session was from 1pm to 4pm.
| Questions and Answers Time!
At the beginning of August 2023, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary asked visitors to their Facebook page to ask about anything seal related.
Here´s Lauren from the animal care team with the answers.
|Click here to find out what to do if you find a Seal Pup or a Seal?
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 1st July 2023
Orion on 3rd and 18th July 2023, 5th, 14th and 28th August 2023
Prudie on 7th, 9th and 18th July 2023, 16th, 17th, 21st, 23rd and 27th August 2023
Whist on 19th July 2023
Petunia on 19th July 2023, 5th, 6th, 18th, 22nd and 28th August 2023
Horseradish on 4th and 8th August 2023
Sea Dragon on 13th August 2023
Strawberry Shortcake on 19th and 29th August 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.