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Issue 94
May 2014

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Massive Seal Release in May 2014
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary have, with the amazing help of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue team and the Cornwall Seal Group, gone out in all weathers to rescue over 60 pups this 2013/14 season.

As the weather improved during May, the Animal Care Team returned back to the wild a record total of 28 seal pups, who had successfully completed their rehabilitation and put on lots and lots of weight.

On 5th May 2014 Rose and Mercury were the first to be released this month, just a short drive from the Seal Sanctuary to a cove in Gunwalloe.

The next day Pollux, Sputnik and Ventura were released this time at Gwithian which is near Hayle. Click here to see a selection of photos taken by a great photographer, Simon Bone.

Photo below was taken by Simon Bone.
Pollux, Sputnik and Ventura
Just over a week later Atlantis, Nebula, Titan, Hubble, Cassiopeia, Pandora and Skipper were released back into the wild on 15th May 2014 at Gwithian.

Click here to see a selection of photos taken by Simon Bone.
Atlantis, Nebula, Titan, Hubble, Cassiopeia, Pandora and Skipper on 15th May 2014
Juno along with Professor Brian were released back into the wild on 16th May 2014 at Church Cove Gunwalloe.

Click here to see a selection of photos taken by Simon.
Juno and Professional Brian on 16th May 2014
A week later Gemini, Taurus, IO, Europa and Quasar were released back into the wild on 22nd May 2014 at Gwithian.

Click here to see a selection of photos taken by Simon Bone.
Gemini, Taurus, IO, Europa and Quasar on 22nd May 2014
Gemini, Taurus, IO, Europa and Quasar on 22nd May 2014
The next day Oberon along with Callisto, Rocket and Bianca were released back into the wild on 23rd May 2014 at Gunwalloe.
Oberon, Callisto, Rocket and Bianca on 23rd May 2014
Then finally for this month, Aries, Soyuz, Astrid, G-Force and Aquarius were released back to the wild by the Red River at Gwithian beach on 28th May 2014.

Click here to see a selection of photos taken by the web/media team.
Five pups names here on 28th May 2014
If we have lost you with which seal pups have been released back to the wild, click here to go to the Release Update page for 2013/14.
Rescued Seal Pups 2013-14
As of 31st May 2014, the remaining rescued seal pups at the Sanctuary are:- Halley, Supernova, Jupiter, Alien, Star, Rover, Ayla, Isis, Cupid, Gravity and Cosmo. These pups are ready to be released back to the wild within the next week or so.

Rover (photo below) was washed up in a garden on 3rd February 2014 at the height of the winter storms, he was just eight weeks old when John and Val Wise found him flapping about on their lawn.

Rover became a bit of a star with mentions in many of the newspapers and on TV, soon he may be in the media again when it is time for his release.

Rover had taken a bit of battering and had suffered a few cuts and bruises from being tossed around by heavy seas, but he is now healthy enough to return to the wild and it will take place during the first week of June 2014.
Rover in the nursery pool on 28th May 2014
Post monitoring of Seals in the wild
After just 2 weeks in the wild, Pollux was spotted amongst adult seals at a local haul-out along the north coast of Cornwall on 19th May 2014 by Simon Bone and Sue Sayer members of the Cornwall Seal Group.   Click here to see photos of Pollux taken by Sue and Simon.   Photo below was taken by Sue Sayer.
Pollux photo taken by Sue Sayer
Pirate Festival : 24th May - 1st June 2014
"Avast me hearty´s" if you didn´t get a chance to visit during the Pirate Festival,
here are some photos of what you missed...
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Residents Updates
Grey Seal Pool
Ray (photo below) is looking so handsome and loves being in the convalescent pool. During pool cleaning, lots of pups moving around, Ray has great fun chasing them and the Animal Care Team round the pool. Naughty Ray!

Don´t forget to check out Ray´s (photo below) facebook page. Click here to catch up with what he is up to.
Ray Click here or on a picture below of your choice to see a larger version of some of our Resident Seals.
Ray One of the residents Grey seals enclosure Grey seals enclosure Convalescent pool
Californian Sea Lions
During the middle of May 2014, André was moved in with Sunny in the new Californian Sea Lion enclosure so that they could finally meet each other.

They´ve become instant best friends and can be seen swimming around together. Just on the off-chance that Sunny occasionally needs a break from his lively new pool-mate, the Sanctuary team has created a special annexe he can escape to, but so far, it looks like they have become inseparable.
Sunny and Andre
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Patagonian Sea Lions
It doesn´t look like Diego and Noito are missing their friend André.   Click here to see who is looking at you!
Diego and Noito
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Adopt an Animal
Why not adopt a creature and help to maintain first class animal care at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.  A special way to honour a birthday, special occasion or to commemorate the life of a loved one, while supporting an important cause.   Please click here or send an email or call 01326 221361 for more details.
Common Seal
Counting down to Bo´s 1st birthday on 29th June 2014.
Common Seals Bo wants to show you that he can surf, ok there is no water, but he has been practising on dry land.
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Paddock
The Paddock animals have been having a relaxing time watching all the visitors to the Sanctuary.
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The Sanctuary´s penguins have started their annual molt, and although there will be a few weeks when all of them will look scruffy, it won´t be long before they start to produce a beautiful new coat of feathers!!

This is an itchy process for the little group of penguins and it can put them off their food, which is why it is so important for the team to regularly weigh them and monitor any changes in their weight.

Photo below is Gilbert (left).
Gilbert
Trip Advisor's Certificate of Excellence
We are delighted to announce that the Cornish Seal Sanctuary have been awarded Trip Advisor´s Certificate of Excellence.

A message from the Cornish Seal Sanctuary Staff "Thank you to everyone for all their hard work at the sanctuary and to all of our visitors and friends of the sanctuary who took the time to give a Trip Advisor Review."

If you haven´t already written a review please take a few moments to go to the Trip Advisor Page and tell them what you think of the Seal Sanctuary.

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.
BOOK YOUR TICKETS ONLINE

Latest leaflet
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary´s latest leaflet is now available, Click here to download a printer friendly pdf version.

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