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Issue 82
September 2013


Seal Pups Rescued
Sunday 22nd September 2013 was a busy day for the Cornish Seal Sanctuary with the arrival of 4 seal pups. Aurora, Mars (photo below), Eclipse and Milkyway were rescued by the fabulous team members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) and transported to the Sanctuary.

Not forgetting Sebastian who arrived the next day from the RSPCA´s West Hatch Wildlife Centre for his final stage of rehabilitation at the Seal Sanctuary.

Photo below of Mars was taken by Nathan Jones.
Mars Photo taken by Nathan
Please click here or on a picture of your choice below to see a larger photo of these cute seal pups.
Aurora Mars Eclipse Milkyway Sebastian
For the next few months members of the animal care team will be looking after the sick and injured seal pups needing care 24 hours around the clock with night feeds every 4 hours!   This means the animal care team will also needs some TLC to keep them going, so if you are passing the hospital you could drop off a pack of biscuits or chocolates.
Adopt a Pup
Each pup at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary can cost up to £1,000+ to rescue, rehabilitate and release.

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.
Look back on Andy
As you may know Andy, a Cape Fur Seal, passed away earlier this month on 9th. This is how Andy came to be at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.
Andy was Chaff´s Dad, he arrived at the Sanctuary with Chaff in 2006 from Coombe Martin Wildlife Park, but only in July 2008 did he start to share a pool with his son at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary. Andy was an impressive size at over 200kg and he loved to eat sprats, pilchards and mackerel.
Andy originally visited the Sanctuary before 1999, he was accompanied by two other Cape Fur Seal visitors who came to stay for a while from Coombe Martin Wildlife Park (Mandy and Princess).

During their stay the Sanctuary had a surprise when the adult female turned out to be pregnant, and Chaff was born at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary. They all stayed at the Seal Sanctuary until their pool had been refurbished. Click here to read more.
Andy, Chaff, Mandy and Princess
In 2006 every cloud has a silver lining they say...and so it has proved for father and son fur seals at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

Andy then came back in 2006 with Chaff and his partner Mika, Andy needed a new home and had to stay in his own pool to avoid any conflict with Chaff and Mika as two males and one female was not a good mix, all seemed well but then there was the sad loss of Mika. A press release from the time takes up the story...

Tamara Cooper, Senior Animal Care, and her colleagues were devastated in April 2008 when pregnancy complications proved fatal for both Mika and her unborn pup. Until that sad and tragic event they had been busily searching for a new home for Andy, whose residence at Gweek was a temporary measure until a suitable new home could be found. That search has now been called off, however, after 17-year-old Andy moved in with his nine-year-old son Chaff, and both seemed delighted to see each other. "Both have perked up amazingly since we put them together on Monday," said Tamara.

Even this happy outcome is not without its complications; however, for in spite of the age difference Andy and Chaff are almost impossible to tell apart. "That could prove tricky if one or other ever needs any dietary supplements for medicinal purposes," said Tamara, "but no doubt we´ll get the knack of telling who´s who before too long."
Andy and Chaff
The priority is now to find Chaff a new pool partner. The team are awaiting news from two other facilities in the UK before extending the lonely hearts advert further a field! In the meantime, Chaff is being treated to extra feeds and lots of enrichment and playtime sessions!

Photo below of Chaff with his favourite ball filled with yummie fish!
Chaff with his favourite ball filled with fish!
Beach clean
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary continues to support the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) in their efforts to clean up Cornwall´s coastlines.

Beachwatch Big Weekend is now in it´s 20th year, these events are held throughout the UK involves local individuals, groups and communities in caring for their coastal environment.

Some of the staff helped to do a sweep of two beaches on the 21st and 22nd September 2013; Gwithian and Gunwalloe Fishing Cove.

These beaches are particularly important to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary because they are sometimes used for releasing rescued pups back to the wild. The pup season begins September so the annual "Beachwatch" runs perfectly with this. Click here to read press release.
Beach clean
New for 2013 - Behind the Scenes Seal Hospital Tour
New for 2013, Come Behind the Scenes to the heart of the marine rescue at Cornwall´s only working Seal Hospital.

See how the members of the Animal Care Team carry out life-saving work with the animals and nurture the new arrivals.

You can also experience what it takes to become a marine expert and where you can witness some of the animal care team preparing the fish.
Jessica and Jessica cleaning the buckets out after feeding the resident seals
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 to download the Adoption Registration form or send an email or call 01326 221361 for more details.
Sija's Pup
Sija will soon be picking the name of her pup from the short list selected by the staff.
Sija's Pup
Please click here or on a picture of your choice below to see a larger photo of Sija´s pup.
Sija's Pup Sija's Pup Sija's Pup Sija's Pup Sija's Pup
Trek Cornwall 2013
Jes Hirons finished on 15th August 2013 her incredible journey around the coast of Cornwall after walking over 300 miles in three weeks.

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.

Seven weeks on we caught up with Jes and started by asking her if it had been worth all the hard work. Jess said that the four organisations that have benefited from her walk all work towards Grey Seal conservation, this work is very important and has made it all worth while. Jess also said that it is not too late to donate on the Trek website. Jess is raising money for four groups, Cornwall Wildlife Trust Stranding´s Network, Cornish Seal Sanctuary, British Divers Marine Life Rescue and Cornwall Seal Group.

Jess pointed out that in just one day the BDMLR and the Cornish Seal Sanctuary rescued 4 Grey Seal pups, without the continued hard work from both volunteers of the BDMLR and the dedicated staff at the Sanctuary many pups would not make it to the new year, the Cornwall Wildlife Trust Stranding´s Network help to monitor various species and how often they strand, sometimes determining the reasons why and the Cornwall Seal Group´s volunteers send in sightings and photos to help better understand the species and conduct photo ID on their very individual fur patterns as well as raising the public´s awareness of grey seals and their conservation, providing literature to better inform people on issues such as disturbance.

You can´t help but be impressed by Jess´s enthusiasm for the Grey Seals around the Cornish coast so help her help the volunteers and staff who work at protecting them, if you can please donate to her fund!
Jes Hirons
Post Monitoring of Seals
Wall-E was rescued from Mousehole on 22nd January 2011, he was then rehabilitated at the Seal Sanctuary and returned to the wild on 12th May 2011.

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 she saw this tagged seal today (10th September 2013), white tag with the number 35 on it. Click here to see a larger photo taken by Anna Cawthray.

Sue Sayer of the Cornwall Seal Group replied confirming that this is Wall-E.
Photo of Wall-E was taken by Anna Cawthray on 10th September 2013
Ollivander and Riley were spotted in the wild on 15th September 2013 and a few days later Stephen Fry and Blyth were spotted in the wild on 19th September 2013.

Ollivander was rescued from Porthtowan on 9th January 2010 then returned to the wild on 8th March 2010. Riley was rescued on 9th March 2009 then returned to the wild on 2nd April 2009.

Stephen Fry was rescued from Perranporth on 23rd February 2012 then returned to the wild on 2nd July 2012. Blyth was rescued 20th October 2004 from Westward Ho then returned to the wild on January 2005.
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.
Seals in the Wild
As we are now in the Grey Seal pupping season, members of the local Cornwall Seal Group are keeping an eye on colonies around the county´s coast for any injured or abandoned pups. The first white coat pup of the season, was roughly 6 days old, when seen on 8th September 2013 looking very healthy.

Click here or on the images below to see a selection of photos taken by Simon Bone.
photo of pup in a seal colony
Photos by Simon Bone Photos by Simon Bone Photos by Simon Bone Photos by Simon Bone Photos by Simon Bone
If you discover an injured seal pup
If you discover a seal pup that is in distress or alone, please call the Seal Sanctuary on 01326 221361 and/or the BDMLR on 01825 765546.

DO keep your distance;
DON´T attempt to handle the pup;
DON´T attempt to put the pup in the sea;
DON´T ignore the situation;
DO tell the appropriate organisation.
Click here for more details.
Christmas Fayre 2013
As Christmas is only about 12 weeks away at the time of writing this news update, we thought would like to point out that the Cornish Seal Sanctuary are holding their annual Christmas Fayre on 30th November and 1st December 2013.

The Sanctuary´s Christmas Fayre promises high quality craft goods, yummy food and most of all, a great festive atmosphere! Not only that, but you can enjoy carolling, face painting, and of course, say "Happy Christmas" to the resident animals and 2013 pups. You might even catch a sneaky peek of Santa and his little helpers. Click here for more information.
Annual Christmas Fayre
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, filmed two episodes at the Seal Sanctuary on 18th September 2013 for their next series! Very exciting!
Cornwall Today's Award for 2013
The staff at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary are very honoured to receive the Cornwall Today´s award for the Best Contribution to Wildlife and Conservation Award for here to read more.
Cornwall Today's Award for 2013

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