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Issue 109
May 2015

Pup Rescue Season 2014-15
This month saw the rescue of two very out of season seal pups and one re-rescue of a seal pup.

On the 4th May 2015, Mr Fox, a member of the public, had contacted Gweek to report a seal pup on the beach which may be in dificulties; they rang Dave Jarvis to arrange help to check on the seal. Dave along with Tim Bain & Lesley Williams, members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) and Dan Jarvis from the Seal Sanctuary re-rescued Bruce Wayne from the beach at Treen near Logans Rock. Mr Fox helped to bring Bruce up the steep fisherman´s footpath.

Click here to see a selection of photos of the rescue by Tim Bain.
Seal rescue - 4th May 2015
Bruce was re-rescued due to damage to his upper jaw, pneumonia and septicaemia. Click here to see a larger photo of Bruce when he first arrived at the hospital.

Click here to watch a video of the rescue of Bruce by Tim Bain.
Seal rescue - 4th May 2015
Over a week ago, Bruce was moved down to the outside nursery pool. As soon as he puts on a bit more weight, Bruce will be released back to the wild by the end of June 2015.
Lois Lane, a female grey seal pup, was rescued from Mevagissey on 8th May 2015 by Jeff and Ollie Taylor members of the BDMLR medic team. Ollie had only just qualified as a medic the previous Saturday, so he was pleased to help his dad with the rescue of this pup. The pup was found to have rapid breathing, a high temperature and was coughing; he was also suffering from seal pox.

Lois has also been moved to the outside nursery pool for her next stage of rehabilitation. She is still looking very poxy but hopefully will not be too long until this clears up!

Click here to see a larger photo of Lois which was taken by the King family on 28th May 2015.
Photo of Lois Lane was taken on 28th May 2015
The third seal pup to be rescued for this month was Havok, he was rescued from the beach at Mother Ivey´s Bay on 16th May 2015 by Faye, Jenny, Dave, Lesley and Dan, members of the BDMLR medic team, along with Faye´s baby son Dylan.   The pup was found to weigh 21kgs had a very high temperature of 38.9°, lethargic and wounds to his chin and fore flipper.

Faye´s son wanted to call the pup Bananaman as that´s Dylan´s favourite superhero, unfortunately the Animal Care Team wasn´t aware of this when the seal arrived at the hospital so the pup has been named Havok. Unfortunately during the morning of 25th May, the pup passed away, the Animal Care Team had done everything they could possible.

Photo below was taken by Faye Archell.
Havok photo taken on 16th May 2015 by Faye Archell of the BDMLR
Badger is now in the nursery pool and putting on lots of weight. Click here to see a larger photo of Badger (below) was taken by the King family.
Photo of Badger was taken on 28th May 2015
Seal Pups Released
Flash along with Joker, Oracle, Sabretooth, Supergirl, Elektra and He-Man were released back to the wild at Gunwalloe on 14th May 2014 and then a week later were followed by Angel, Edwina and Olaf at Gwithian on 22nd May 2015. Apologies no photos were taken during either of these seal releases.
Common Seal
Sija along with Luna were moved to their new home at Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park on 19th May 2015.

The Animal Care Team were very sad to see them go but to prevent further breeding the staff made the decision to move the girls up to Weymouth in a pool with only female seals.
Luna and Sija
Photo below is of Bo and Buddy in the common seal enclosure. The boys will be staying at the Seal Sanctuary with their dad, Babyface, who is at 38 years old, is one of the oldest common seals in captivity that we know of.
Bo and Buddy
Post Monitoring of Seals
The Seal Sanctuary not only relies on the public to spot injured or abandoned seals but also to help with the post monitoring release.

If you are out and about the Cornish coastline and you spot a seal, it may be a seal the Sanctuary has released in the past.

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary and the Cornwall Seal Group would like to know about any seals which are spotted with tags, they need to know it´s location (where you saw the seal), the colour of the tag (each rescue season they use a different colour tag, this year (2014/15) it is a yellow tag), the date you saw the seal and the behaviour of the seal. Then please contact the Cornish Seal Sanctuary via email and Sue Sayer, a member of the Cornwall Seal Group, via email.

This month Olaf (photo below) and Hulk were spotted at a local haul-out along the north coast of Cornwall on the 25th May 2015, Ariel and Angel were spotted on the 26th May 2015.

Click here to watch five short videos of Olaf filmed by Sue Sayer.
Olaf - Photo taken by Sue Sayer of the Cornwall Seal Group on 25th May 2015
 Octonauts Training Academy - 16th May 2015 - 7th June 2015
At the time of writing this news update Captain Kwazii and Peso, members of The Octonauts team, are currently at the Seal Sanctuary (16th May 2015 - 7th June 2015).

During your visit why not enrol your pre-schoolers at the all new Octonauts Training Academy and they´ll learn what it takes to become a member of the crew.

As cadets, they´ll master the specialities of their favourite characters across 5 fun zones; including Kwazii´s Rockpool, Dr Shellington´s Research Area and Professor Inkling´s Library.

There´s even chance to meet Captain Kwazii and Peso in person before being rewarded for completing their training with a very special Octonauts certificate!

Photo below: Dylan with his mum Michelle meeting Kwazii. Click here to see a larger photo of this.
Octonauts Training Academy
Adopt an Animal
Why not adopt a creature and help to maintain first class animal care at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

A special way to honour a birthday, special occasion or to commemorate the life of a loved one, while supporting an important cause.

Please click here or call 01326 221361 for more details.

Latest leaflet
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary´s latest leaflet for 2015 is available, Click here to download a pdf version.

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