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Issue 111
Summer 2015

Pup Rescue Season 2014-15
The remaining seal pups, Bruce Wayne and Lois Lane, from the 2014/15 rescue season, were released back to the wild on 1st July 2015 at Gunwalloe.

Badger (photo below) is still at the Seal Sanctuary.
Badger - Photo taken on 28th December 2014
The BBC´s Natural History Unit has been out filming seals in the UK, both in the wild and also in rescue centres covering how rescued seal pups are rehabilitated. Some of this material appeared in a programme called Big Blue UK which was aired on 28th August 2015.   Click here to watch part of the programme which featured Dan´s, a member of the Animal Care Team, this covered the release back into the wild of Bruce Wayne and Lois Lane.
Bruce Wayne and Lois Lane
The day before these three seals were released back to the wild, Flash was re-rescued on 30th June 2015 at Boat Cove in Pendeen. He had infected bite wounds to mouth and neck and was lethargic.

After 4 days in the hospital with medication and food, he was then moved to the nursery pools to continue treatment.

Flash finished his course of treatment and by 24th July 2015 he was ready for release back to the wild again. He was released at Gunwalloe.
Post Monitoring of Seals
Here are a list of tagged seals spotted in the wild by members of the Cornwall Seal Group around the coast of Cornwall in June, July and August 2015:-

Ken on 29th June 2015, Beast on 29th June 2015, 16th, 27th July 2015, Elvis on 29th June 2015, 9th, 13th, 27th & 30th July 2015 and 20th August 2015, Olaf on 9th July 2015, Pacific on 27th July 2015, Stephen Fry on 30th July 2015, Rocket Dog on 27th July 2015 and Woody on 18th August 2015.

This above information regarding tagged seals seen in the wild is copyright of the Cornwall Seal Group.
Stinkweed came out to play again during the summer and was seen by Anna Cawthray from Scilly Seal Snorkelling in the Isles of Scilly on 8th June 2015 and 21st August 2015. Anna said that Stinkweed is her favourite seal in the wild.   Click here to visit Scilly Seal Snorkelling´s facebook page to see lots of amazing photos.

Click here to see a larger version of the photo below taken by Anna Cawthray on 8th June 2015.
Grey Seal Pool
OH NOooo! Pumpkin´s hammock was broken in early July and he is somewhat upset about this.

The Animal Care Team would really like to make him something a little sturdier, perhaps using old fire hose? If anyone has any materials they could donate or ideas as to what to use to make a new hammock for Pumpkin, the team love to hear from you!

Photo below of Pumpkin in June enjoying his hammock!
Ray loves chilling out now all the pups have gone back to the sea! Click here to catch up with what he is up to on his facebook page.
Lego(R) City Explorer
Did you become a LEGO® City Explorer at The Cornish Seal Sanctuary this Summer which took place between 1st June and 31st August 2015 and explored the secrets of the ocean.

The LEGO® CITY Deep Sea Explorers had lost some of their equipment and asked if you could help them find the missing pieces?   Here are a few of the visitor´s master pieces.
LEGO City Explorer
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.
Out and About!
Members of the Cornish Seal Sanctuary took part in the Ocean Plastics Awareness Day at Fistral beach in Newquay on 22nd July 2015. The staff talked about ocean plastics, netting and marine conservation with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. The Royal Highnesses saw first-hand how community action in Cornwall are bringing together many thousands of people to help combat the menace of marine plastic litter.

Thanks to Surfers Against Sewage and the Marine Conservation Society for getting so many great conservation groups together.
Photo below: Kate and Dan (members of the Animal Care Team)
22nd July 2015
Photo below: Trawl net cut off entangled seals, including the 9m cut off from a 16kg rescued pup, Ironman, this winter.
22nd July 2015
Photo below: Click here to see a larger photo of Dan with the Lego Lost at Sea project, Friends of Portheras Cove stall.

In 1997 a container ship lost 4.8m pieces of lego to the sea. They´re still washing up all around Cornwall in pristine condition, plastic just doesn´t go away!
22nd July 2015
Beach clean
This is a reminder don´t forget to join the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, British Divers Marine Life Rescue, Cornwall Seal Group, Marine Conservation Society (MCSUK) and other conservation organisations for the Great British Beach Clean event on 19th September 2015!
Beach clean
Bye Bye Kate and Jenny
This summer the Animal Care Team said farewell to the lovely Kate and Jenny.

We wish them both all the very best for the future. Click here to see a large version of this photo.
Bye Bye Kate and Jenny
If you discover an injured seal pup
As we approach September it´s time for grey seals to begin their breeding and pupping season - which for the Sanctuary signals the busiest time of the year for the Animal Care Team.

For nearly 60 years the Cornish Seal Sanctuary have been rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing those pups from our local coastline that find themselves in trouble, whether it be eye problems, respiratory infections and malnourishment to broken bones, pollution-related problems and being separated from their mother too soon.

Just like to remind you that if you discover a seal pup that is in distress or alone, please call the Seal Sanctuary on 01326 221361 and/or the BDMLR team on 01825 765546 during office hours or 07787 433412 out of office hours.

DO keep your distance;
DON´T attempt to handle the pup;
DON´T attempt to put the pup in the sea;
DON´T ignore the situation;
DO tell the appropriate organisation.

Click here for more details.
A pup on the beach
Other News
Over the last ten years public sightings show that large marine mammals are regularly found in the River Thames.

Seals are the most common animal seen, with many spotted around London´s Canary Wharf, we get quite a few emails about these from worried people who work in London.   Click here to read more.
Seals in the Thames Estuary

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