Resident Puffins

Meet the new Residents for 2024!

The Atlantic Puffins (Fratercula arctica) have arrived at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in April 2024.   The staff cannot contain their excitement about the new arrivals, neither can the Puffins!

The brand new Puffin island, home for the rescued Puffins, is now open for business and the puffins wasted no time in making themselves at home.   After travelling all the way from the Beluga Whale Sanctuary & Puffin Rescue Centre in Iceland, they finally arrived at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary on the 3rd of April 2024 and couldn´t wait to get out and explore their new home and most importantly, test out the pool!

These puffling patients cannot be released for various reasons back into the wild, currently there are long-term resident Puffins, Alma, Billie, Disa, Freyja, Karen, Lundi, Odin, Sigurbjörg, Thor and Týr, at the Sanctuary.   Some have vision impairments; one has a leg injury and a few others were cared for by individuals for too long to be released.   The birds receive daily care and enrichment from our animal care team, and will have quarterly veterinary exams to keep up their health!   Click here to read the Press Release.
Alma - purple and yellow ID tag Billie - green ID tag Disa - Pink ID tag Freyja - purple ID tag Karen - Grey ID tag Lundi - orange and Black - Grey ID tag Odin - Black ID tag Sigurbjorg - Red ID tag Thor - White ID tag Tyr - Blue ID tag

Some Interesting Facts!

There are four different species of Puffin, Tufted Puffin, Atlantic Puffin (photos below), Horned Puffin and Rhinoceros Auklet.   These birds all live in the Northern Hemisphere and spend lots of time at sea.   The Atlantic Puffin is the only puffin to live in the Atlantic Ocean, while the remaining three live in the Pacific Ocean.

They have the Nickname "Sea Parrots" or "Clowns of the Sea".

These are pelagic seabirds that feed primarily by diving in the water.   They breed in large colonies on coastal cliffs or offshore islands, nesting in crevices among rocks or in burrows in the soil.

All puffin species have predominantly black or black and white plumage, a stocky build, and large beaks that get brightly coloured during the breeding season.   They shed the colourful outer parts of their bills after the breeding season, leaving a smaller and duller beak.   Their short wings are adapted for swimming with a flying technique underwater.   In the air, they beat their wings rapidly (up to 400 times per minute) in swift flight, often flying low over the ocean´s surface.

Did you know...a group of Puffins is called a "circus".
Puffins in the wild


Photo Gallery

Click here to see a selection of photos of the Puffins via our flickr account.

Press Releases
Love is in the air on "Puffin Island" - 27th May 2024

As the much-anticipated new season of the hit reality show "Love Island" is due to start, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary have their own share of romantic dramas and love triangles to contend with on Puffin Island!

Love Island is a globally popular reality dating show where singles come together in a tropical villa to find love and compete for a grand prize.   The show is known for its dramatic twists and romantic escapades.   Read More.
Love is in the air on Puffin Island
Much ado about Puffin! - 8th April 2024

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary are so excited to announce that ten rescue puffins have arrived safely with them after being relocated from their sister SEA LIFE TRUST Beluga Whale Sanctuary in Iceland.

All ten of the resident puffins are non-releasable rescued birds who were rehabilitated by the charity in Iceland before being carefully transported to their new home at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Gweek. Read More.

News Updates
March 2024 - Pitter-patter of tiny feet!

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary are super excited to announce that soon the team will be hearing the sound of pitter patter of 20 little webbed feet!!   Click here to read more.

February 2024 - New Residents Coming Soon!

If you have visited the Cornish Seal Sanctuary recently you will have noticed improvement works taking place onsite.   The Seal Sanctuary have specialist building teams working their socks off to get their old penguin enclosure ready for some very exciting new residents, who will be joining us soon!   Click here to read more.

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