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Issue 80
August 2013


Avast me hearty's
As the children in the UK return to school, we look back over the month to see what has been happening at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

If you have visited the Seal Sanctuary during August 2013, you may have spotted some of the staff dressed up and having lots of fun as Pirates. Click here to see a selection of photos.

The much loved resident grey seal, Ray, joined in on the fun as well.
Resident Seals enjoying the sun
Pirates Pirates Pirates Pirates Pirates
New Pup
During August 2013 you had the chance to name the cutest seal pup at the Seal Sanctuary. Readers of the West Briton newspaper were asked to come up with a name for the lateset arrival at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

As we have now passed the closing date, the three most popular names will be chosen amongst staff and then Sija will choose for herself. The names will be attached to three buoys in a pool and Sija will target whichever one she wants.   Click here to see a larger recent photo of the pup.
Sija's new pup
Trek Cornwall 2013
On Thursday 15th August 2013, Mum of two, Jes Hirons finished her incredible journey around the coast of Cornwall after walking over 300 miles in three weeks. On the last leg Jes was joined by her two children, Oliver and Elizabeth.

Jes set out to circumnavigate the entire Cornish coastline to raise money for four organisations that are working towards the conservation of one of Cornwall´s most iconic animals, the grey seal.   Click here to read more about Jes´s amazing journey.

Click here to listen to Jes´s interview on BBC Radio Cornwall on 17th August 2013.
Tek Cornwall 2013
Post Monitoring of Seals
Stephen Fry was rescued from a beach in Perranporth on 23rd February 2012, he was then rehabilitated at the Seal Sanctuary and returned to the wild on 2nd July 2012.

He was spotted at a local haul-out along the west coast of Cornwall on 2nd and 3rd August 2013.

Click here to see a larger photo of Stephen Fry in the wild taken by Simon Bone of the Cornwall Seal Group on 2nd August 2013.
Photo of Stephen Fry was taken by Simon Bone on 2nd August 2013
Anna Cawthray from the St Martin´s Dive School in the Isles of Scilly, had left a message on the Cornwall Seal Group´s facebook page saying "we saw this seal pink tag No. 138, very distinctive markings on her face. Do you recognise her?"

Sue Sayer of the Cornwall Seal Group replied that Dave from BDMLR and Dan from Gweek both thought that the tag was probably red. Sue also said that the red tags do have white numbering. Red tag 138 was Biffy Clyro. Sue added that Biffy was last seen at the West Cornwall haul-outs on 20th May 2013, so he is another Isles of Scilly Cornwall seal link!

Click here or on the photo below to see a larger image of Biffy which was taken on 21st August 2013.
Biffy - photo taken by St Martin's Dive School, Isles of Scilly
The 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 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 white tags), the date you saw the seal and the behaviour of the seal. Then please contact the Cornish Seal Sanctuary via email.
Timmy Time
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary welcomed back "Timmy", a Star of CBeebies, to the Centre between 25th and 27th August 2013, hope you had a chance to meet him.

Click here to see a larger photo of below. Some of Timmy´s biggest fans were on hand to welcome him back.
Timmy meets some of his biggest fans
The Octonauts
The Octonauts, Peso and Kwazii (photo below), two members of the undersea adventure heroes from CBeebie, visited the Cornish Seal Sanctuary from the 27th July to the 4th August 2013 for fun-filled activities.
Book Signing
Christine Butterworth, local author to over 70 children´s books, was at the Seal Sanctuary on 16th August 2013 signing copies of her newest book "See What a Seal Can Do?". Christine read a short segment of the book during her visit.

"See What a Seal Can Do" is a wonderful tale about the Grey Seal, seen across the Atlantic and also on our beloved Cornish Coast and is published by Walker Books, the book is available to buy at The Cornish Seal Sanctuary. This book reveals all a Seal does.

Christine grew up in the Southwest, Mousehole and also Penzance and after university and a stint teaching in London she made her way back to the place she called home. She writes about things that are important to her; animals, the environment, she wants her readers to be as curious about the world as she is!

Click here to order your copy of this fabulous book via Amazon.
Photo below - Christine with her cat.
Chris Butterworth
The Cornwall Wildlife Trust
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary has teamed up with fellow conservationists The Cornwall Wildlife Trust, who brought their Basking Shark roadshow to the Sanctuary on the 28th August.

It was a chance to get to know these Giant creatures of our Cornish seas and there were lots of games, activities and information about Cornwall´s largest seasonal visitor! There was also an opportunity to help paint their model Basking Shark.

The roadshow was informative and fun, with a chance to speak to the Cornwall Trust´s experts about Cornwall´s amazing marine life and how you can help with their conservation.
Sue Sayer
The Website Media Team recommends an amazing book called "Seal Secrets: Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly" which was written by author Sue Sayer of the Cornwall Seal Group.

Sue has spent thousands of hours remotely observing grey seals in the wild, and has an unparalleled insight into the behaviour of these curious and playful creatures. In 2004, Sue set up The Cornwall Seal Group, and now studies seals full time.

If you would to a copy of this book, please click here to buy it online via Amazon.
Sue Sayer's book
Adopt an Animal
A special way to honour a birthday, special occasion or to commemorate the life of a loved one, while supporting an important cause.   Why not adopt a creature and help to maintain first class animal care at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary. 

Please click here or send an email or call 01326 221361 for more details.
Gift experiences
Run out of ideas what to get someone for their birthday or for Christmas this year!

Well for £99 a friend or a member of your family or even yourself could be a Keeper for the Day.

They will begin this journey of discovery at the visitor´s centre before any other guest has arrived, where they will receive a copy of the Sanctuary´s guidebook from the helpful ticketing staff.  Click here for more details.

Book Discount Tickets in Advance
Don´t forget to purchase your entrance tickets for single admission tickets, family tickets, group tickets, school bookings, etc., on-line in advance and Save Money.     Plus you can also purchase SEA LIFE Annual Passes and Merlin Annual Passes.

When you click here or on the button right, it will take you through to Merlin Entertainments´ official Cornish Seal Sanctuary website for the Best Price Guarantee.

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