News Update - May / June 2020

Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary
Hunstanton Sea Life Centre is preparing to re-open on Saturday the 4th of July 2020. Don´t worry the staff have remained busy during lockdown keeping the fish and other sea creatures stimulated because of the absence of visitors.

The centre is now open for pre-booking and various safety measures are in place. Nigel Croasdale, General Manager at Hunstanton Sea Life, had expressed his disappointment that the centre was not allowed to re-open when the government gave zoos and wildlife parks the go-ahead.

Craig Dunkerley of Sea Life, said "While Sea Life has been closed during lockdown, aquarists and other team members have worked tirelessly to care for the creatures at the site, practically via cleaning and feeding for example, but also emotionally via activities and stimuli to ensure that fishy friends who are used to a lot of interaction and excitement didn´t become bored."

Face Coverings/Masks do not need to be worn by visitors, but people will be given a temperature check before entering.

You must pre-book your tickets and a time slot in advance prior to your visit via the official website. Remember to read the FAQs page before booking. The Staff and Residents are very excited to see you all back very soon.
Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary

Meet the Rescued Common Seal Pups
Sir Tom, the first rescued common seal pup of 2020 season, was found on 14th May from Holkham beach by members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) medics after being separated from his mum. He was found at 3 days old but weighing only 9.1kgs so he is underweight.

Click here to watch a short video of Sir Tom giving everyone a wave from his hospital pen.

He´s not quite ready for 100 laps around his pen yet but he has started his swimming lessons and loves to blow bubbles.
Joe Wicks, two days old common seal pup, was found on 20th May 2020 from Brancaster beach after also being separated from his mum. Weighed only 7kgs.

He loves to shout for his dinner and is a big wriggler who has the Animal Care Team chasing him around his hospital pool. Click here to watch a short video.
The white fluffy coats you can see should have been shed prior to birth so this tell us these pups were born prematurely. Sir Tom and Joe Wicks are being well cared for by the specialist animal care team who are feeding them with a special fish soup mixture every three hours to try fatten them up!

The naming theme for the rescued Common Seal Pups Season is "Gold at the end of the Rainbow" celebrating those extra special people who have united us during these difficult time during the Coronavirus.
Click here to join Hollie, Senior Aquarist, in the seal hospital with pups, Sir Tom and Joe Wicks, on World Oceans Day (8th June). World Oceans Day - 8th June

The residents have been missing you!
The residents are missing all the visitors during the lockdown,
but they are being well looked after by the dedicated Animal Care Team.

#penguins #ottersloveiceblocks #monkeynutsiceblocks #sealssunbathing #missingyouduringlockdown
Missing you all photos
All 6 girls out having a snooze in the June sunset. We love them so much!
#girlpower #girlgang #fluffyseals #all6inonephoto #lovethem #commonharbourseal #lora #sally #tyne #amber #macey #pippa
Photo by Cody Townsend - HSLS

If you find a Seal in the Wild
For almost 30 years Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary has been rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing seal pups from the North Sea coastline and beyond 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.

A quick reminder that if you discover a seal pup that is in distress or alone, please call the Hunstanton SEA LIFE on 01485 533576.

The Animal Care Team are on call around the clock to race to the rescue of seal pups in trouble anywhere around the coast.

DO keep your distance;
DON´T attempt to handle or touch the pup;
DON´T attempt to put the pup back in the sea;
DON´T ignore the situation;
DO tell the appropriate organisation.
Seals in the wildYoung Seal being rescued
When you ring, please be prepared to give an exact location of the seal, your contact details, what condition is the seal in for example is it alone, thin, injured or seems unwell (noisy breathing, coughing, runny nose). Tell people around you to keep clear of the seal by at least 50 metres, if you can, draw a circle in the sand around the pup.

Remember most often seals come out of the water on to land to rest, digest after eating their food, relax and sleep.

What to do if you find a dead seal on beach!

If you come across a dead seal, the advice is not to touch or go near it, please call
West Norfolk council on 01553 616200.

If you find a stranded living seal, please call the SEA LIFE Sanctuary on 01485 533576.

This news update has been put together by volunteers/supporters of the Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary.

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