Petunia arrived on 3rd February 2011
The Sanctuary receive a phone call about a seal at Mawgan Porth at Newquay. The pup was unresponsive on the beach and was quickly picked up by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) and transported to the Sanctuary.

The pup arrived at the hospital and the first thing that was notice was this pup had a flipper tag on the back right flipper, this was a blue tag ID number 41, and she had a scar around her neck. The Animal Care Team checked the pup rescue and release records from 2009/2010 rescue season and found this pup to be Petunia (last year´s names were based on Harry Potter), she was quickly put in to an isolation pen and started on a drip.

© Photo Credit : Faye Archell - BDMLR
The drip contains vital fluids, put straight into the pup, rather then giving her these fluids via a stomach tube. While the drip was doing it´s job the Animal Care Team gave a clinical assessment and found her to have no injuries which was good news. The Animal Care Team spent the next 8 hours sitting with Petunia making sure the drip did not come out and out around 4.30am in the morning Petunia started to respond to treatment. The next few days were going to be critical due to her condition on arrival.
Thankfully the Team did an outstanding job and within a week Petunia was feeling a lot better and could be moved through to the main hospital.

Update: 21st February 2011 - Petunia has now progressed to the nursery pools and is sharing a pen with Dash.

When Petunia was rescued last year, she was already one year´s old, now she is two, but we hope this will be the last time that Petunia will need the help of the expert and dedicated staff at the Sanctuary.   Photo below of Petunia in the nursery pool.
Update: 4th March 2011 - Petunia is doing well and is now in the convalescent pool learning how to compete for fish during feeding time.

© Photo Credit - Simon Bone of CSGRT and BDMLR - 23rd February 2011
Petunia - photo taken by Simon Bone
Update: 4th April 2011 - Petunia will be released back into the wild on 7th April 2011, click here to read her press release.

Update: 9th April 2011 - Petunia along with Hopper, Dash and Splash were released back into the wild on 7th April 2011.   Click here to watch the BBC news coverage of Petunia´s release.
Update: 9th December 2023 - Petunia was spotted at local haul-outs along the coast of Cornwall by members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) on 28th August 2011, 5th September 2011, 6th November 2011, 1st December 2011, 3rd March 2012, 19th April 2012, 23rd July 2012, 5th, 12th & 23rd September 2012, 13th & 23rd March 2013, 27th April 2013, 14th & 20th September 2013, 15th October 2013, 19th October 2013, 10th & 27th February 2014, 29th September 2014, 2nd October 2014, 3rd November 2014, 2nd April 2015, 9th November 2015, 8th January 2016, 12th September 2016, 19th & 22nd December 2016, 16th & 23rd March 2017, 3rd April 2017, 18th September 2017, 11th January 2018, 26th March 2018, 9th April 2018, 30th June 2018,

© Photo Credit : Sue Sayer of CSGRT on 6th November 2011
© Photo Credit : Sue Sayer of CSGRT on 12th September 2016 - Petunia looking very pregnant in this photo.
28th February 2019, 22nd & 26th August 2019, 3rd & 24th October 2019, 9th & 12th December 2019, 9th, 13th, 23rd & 30th January 2020, 6th February 2020, 6th February 2020, 20th & 22nd March 2020, 25th April 2020, 5th & 8th August 2020, 7th & 11th September 2020, 19th & 23rd October 2020, 4th & 5th November 2020, 28th December 2020, 7th & 14th January 2021, 15th & 22nd February 2021, 24th & 26th April 2021, 9th, 10th, 17th, 22nd & 26th July 2021, 22nd & 26th August 2021, 10th October 2021, 2nd & 20th December 2021, 10th, 13th, 16th & 17th January 2022, 3rd February 2022, 23rd August 2022, 18th October 2022, 23rd November 2022, 9th February 2023, 19th July 2023, 5th, 6th, 18th, 22nd & 28th August 2023, 28th November 2023 and 9th December 2023.

© Photo credit : Sue Sayer of CSGRT on 28th February 2019
Members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) volunteer hundreds of hours of their own time to photo, identify and watch over the seals around the Cornish coast.

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, this is essential to make the oxygen we breathe. Seals are our globally rare wildlife tourist attraction, helping diversify coastal economic prosperity.

Petunia´s Amazing Story!
We would like to share the amazing story of Petunia who was rescued in 2010 by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), rehabilitated at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, and released back into the wild.   The wonderful news is...she is still being ID´d today after 13 amazing years in the wild!!! Healthy and Thriving.

By monitoring the behaviour of seals after release back into the wild, the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust, BDMLR and CSS, can use this information to define the best practice standards and policies for rescue, rehab and release that are shared with the international rescue community.

Find out more about Petunia´s story click here to read.