SOS logo S.O.S. Update Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Issue 88
December 2013

Happy New Year to All

Rescued Pups Update for 2013/14
At the time of writing the update, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary with the help of members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) team and the Cornwall Seal Group have rescued these pups:-

Alien, a five weeks old male grey seal pup, was rescued by the Cornish Seal Sanctuary staff, Dan, Wayne and Mark, on 5th December 2013 from Fishing Cove at Gunwalloe. The pup was found to be skinny and snappy. Click here to read more.
Juno, five weeks old pup, was rescued from Tresco on the Isles of Scilly on 12th December 2013. Click here to read more.
Atlantis, a female grey seal pup, was rescued by members of the BDMLR on 15th December 2013 from St Just near Lands End. The pup was about eight weeks old when rescued, she had puncture wounds to her body and flippers. The Animal Care team says that this pup is very feisty! Click here to read more.
Wormhole, approximately six weeks old pup, was rescued by Dan and Emma, members of the Animal Care Team on 20th December 2013 from the beach at Porthcothan which is a coastal village between Newquay and Padstow. Click here to read more.
G-Force, approx. six weeks old pup, was rescued from St Ives harbour on 21st December 2013. Click here to read more.
IO, six weeks old pup, was rescued from Porthmeor beach on 21st December 2013. Click here to read more.
Pandora, five weeks old pup, was rescued from Polzeath beach on 22nd December 2013. Click here to read more.
Titan, six weeks old pup, was rescued from Port Isaac on 23rd December 2013 by members of the BDMLR team and taken to their temporary seal holding facility until a pen was available at Gweek.

Titan was transferred to Gweek on 27th December 2013 and put into nursery pool number 2. Click here to read more.
Lyra, 4-5 weeks old pup, was rescued from Polzeath beach on Boxing Day. Click here to read more.
Star, four weeks old pup, was rescued by members of the Animal Care Team, Kate and Emma, very late in the evening on 27th December 2013 from the beach at St Keverne. With torches in Kate and Emma´s hands, they found the pup. Click here to read more.
Armstrong, six weeks old pup, was rescued by Dave and Lesley Jarvis of the BDMLR team on New Year´s Eve from Mousehole. At the time of rescue, the pup weighed 14.5kgs with a temperature of 38.1°C. Click here to read more.
Also to arrive in December were five rescued seal pups from the RSPCA´s West Hatch Wildlife Centre in Taunton, Somerset.

Following the pups completion of treatment, Skipper, Persius E, Rose (photo below), Indus and Persier were transferred to the Seal Sanctuary for their next stage of rehabilitation and to learn how to compete for fish with other seals. Hopefully these seal pups will be released back into the wild in the next month or so.
At the time of writing this update (31st December 2013), here are the whereabouts of all the pups at the seal sanctuary:-
Hospital - Armstrong, G-Force, IO, Lyra, Pandora, Star and Titan.
Nursery Pools - Alien, Halley, Jupiter, Juno, Nebula, Paxo-Rocket, Supernova, Soyuz, Skipper, Venus and Wormhole.
Convalescent Pool - Astrid, Atlantis, Aurora (photo below), Cassi, Crater, Eclipse, Galaxy, Leo, Mars, Mercury, Milkyway, Miranda, Moon, Nasa, Orion, Shuttle, Solar and Ventura.
Rehabilitation Pool - Indus, Persier, Persius E and Rose.
Not all seals reported need to be rescued, when the Cornish Seal Sanctuary receive a call, members of the Animal Care Team will go out to check, when they are busy, members of the BDMLR will go out and check the pup.

On 28th December 2013, the Seal Sanctuary had a call from a member of the public about a pup at Fishing Cove in Gunwalloe, the tide was coming in and it was getting dark. Jenny and Alex, members of the Sanctuary staff checked on the pup.
Pup at Fishing Cove
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Adopt a Pup
A special way to honour a birthday, special occasion or to commemorate the life of a loved one, while supporting an important cause.

If you would like to help by sponsoring a pup (Adoption is £25 each pup), please click here to download the adoption registration form or send an email or call 01326 221361 for more details.

Can we just point out, please do not send your credit cards details via email but contact the seal sanctuary direct by telephone.
Residents Updates
Christmas Day
On Christmas day when the Cornish Seal Sanctuary is closed to the public and most of the staff gets that special day off, members of the animal care team miss pulling their crackers to care for the pups and residents.

This year Jenny, Emma and the current volunteer Debbie were on site looking after the animals whilst we were tucking into our Christmas puds!     Click here to read press release.
Convalescent pool
Lizzie, Sheba, Altanta and Pumpkin are in the convalescent pool looking after the rescued seal pups and teaching them how to compete for their fish during feeding times.
Feeding time in the convalescent pool
One of the pups in the convalescent pool
Grey Seal Pool
Ray, Snoopy, Fatima and Anneka have temporarily been moved from the convalescent pool to the fur seals pool, this has been re-named as the Ray´s pool.

Did you know that Ray has his very own facebook page? Click here to catch up with what he is up to.
Marlin, Flipper and Yulelog are in the other grey seal pool. Photo below of Kate and Kelly checking Marlin´s eyes.
Common Seal
The Common seals are very eager during feeding time, Bo is growing really big now, but is still very cute!
Bo, one of Common Seal
Sea Lions
André, a Californian Sea Lion (the noisy one!), Diego and Noito, Patagonian Sea Lions, are all doing really well and looking very handsome.   Did you know that when Diego and Noito are fully grown, they will weigh over ½ ton each.
Here are a selection of photos taken of the Sheep, Goats and Ponies in the Paddock!   Just click here or on a picture below of your choice to see a larger version.
Paddock Paddock Paddock Paddock Paddock
Penguins logo
Yino (blue band) and Pine (black/green/pink band), the two newest members of the Humboldt Penguins are settling in quite well with Ivy (black band), Gilbert (green band), Lola (blue/white band) and Piran (white band).
Did you know
The birds have paired up and the females have started to lay eggs. At the moment the male penguins are too young so the eggs are not fertilised.
The Animal Care Team have preserved one of the eggs so that visitors get the chance to examine one during the penguin talk.
Penguins Egg
On 23rd December 2013 a tree was blown onto the external fence damaging it and making the enclosure no longer secure for Starsky and Hutch.

The boys are fine, and are safe in their holt until the fence was replaced and the enclosure made secure again.

The Animal Care Team made sure there was plenty of enrichment and stimulation during Starsky and Hutch´s unexpected change to their routine.
Photos below and via this link of Starsky and Hutch were taken a few months ago.
Milkshake Monkey
Channel 5´s childrens tv series "Milkshake Monkey", a live action pre-school series following inquisitive puppet "Milkshake Monkey" exploring anything and everything.

This time Milkshake Monkey was at the Seal Sanctuary to help Dan, a member of the Animal Care Team, during feeding time. Click here to watch his adventure.
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is committed to wildlife conservation and regularly holds awareness events and fundraising activities for a variety of charities and organisations.

Some of the Sanctuary staff often give their own time to help with beach cleans, animal surveys and more to help to make the environment in which we all live a better place.

Members of the Cornwall Seal Group carry out surveys around the coastline, click here or on the photo below to see how many seals you can count?
Grey Seal Sculpture
This grey seal sculpture has been made out of hundreds of plastic cable ties and other waste washed up on Cornish beaches.

Marine litter, nearly all of it plastic, poses a serious risk to Cornwall´s seals. Click here to read more.

Click here to see a larger photo of the Grey Seal Sculpture by Liz Franklin for Rame Peninsula Beach Care.
Grey seal sculpture
Did you know

If you discover a Pup
...and it is alone and appears in distress, the actions which you take may mean the difference between life and death for the animal.
DO keep your distance - If the pup has a fluffy white coat it still needs it´s mother. She will only return to feed her pup when she feels it is safe to do so.

DON´T attempt to handle the pup - It is a wild animal, it may bite and can carry infectious diseases. The mother may reject the pup if it is handled.

DON´T attempt to put the pup in the sea - It may be out of the water for a good reason.

DON´T ignore the situation - If the pup is thin, injured or seems unwell (noisy breathing, coughing, runny nose) it probably needs help.

DO tell an appropriate organisation - Telephone the Cornish Seal Sanctuary on 01326 221361 or the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) on 07787 433412.   Be ready to get help when you discover an injured animal.
Seal Pup in the wild

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