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Issue 98
September 2014

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Pup Rescue Season 2014-15
At the time of writing this news update on 30th September 2014, two rescued seal pups have arrived at the seal hospital.

First pup, Stardust, (photo below) was picked up by Sue Sayer and Kate Hockley, members of the Cornwall Seal Group (CSG) and the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), from the rocks at Gwithian beach on 27th September 2014 with no mum in sight.

Although the pup had no visible injuries, she was so hungry she was found suckling on the rocks, which has given her a sore muzzle.   Click here to read more about the rescue of Stardust.

Click here to see a couple of photos of Stardust being rescued.

More information about second pup to follow shortly. We are just waiting for the pup to settle down in the seal hospital.

This year the chosen theme is Super Heroes!

© Photo below of Stardust courtesy of the Cornwall Seal Group.
Stardust - first pup of the season
Special Offer for Pup Fans
This year the Cornish Seal Sanctuary are offering "Pup fans" the chance to purchase the "Pups Pass", an exclusive pass that allows you to visit as many times as you like between September 2014 to February 2015 for just £15!   For more details, please call the Seal Sanctuary on 01326 221361.
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.
Grey Seal Pool
Atlanta, (photo below) one of the female resident grey seals, is not only enjoying the sunshine, but is also enjoying the new enrichment in her convalescent pool and is having a marvellous time floating around on this black mat.

Click here to catch up with what Ray is up to on his facebook page.
Atlanta
Babyface's pup named
So the votes were counted and are very excited and pleased to announce (and finally a name!) the newest resident common seal pup...Buddy!!
Buddy
Paddock
Doesn´t Muffin, one of the little ponies in the paddock, looks beautiful in her new rug?! Those nights are getting chilly, but not for Muffin! She´s toastie warm.
Muffin
Annual Dog Show
The Annual Dog Show was held on Sunday 7th September 2014 at the top field of the Seal Sanctuary, this was in aid of Merlin´s Magic Wand which is a children´s charity that helps disabled and disadvantaged children to have memorable experiences and forget their troubles for a day.

The winner of "Best Veteran for 2014" is the lovely Sabre with his proud owner Dawn (photo below).

Click here to read more and see photos of the day.
Dog Show 2014
Cornwall Today's Award for 2013
The staff at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary are very honoured to receive for the second year running the Cornwall Today´s award for the Best Contribution to Wildlife and Conservation Award for 2014...Click here to read more.
Wish list gifts for the residents
Help the Seal Sanctuary to enrich the lives of the residents animals! The Cornish Seal Sanctuary now have an online wishlist of toys and equipment that the animals would love! Lots of gifts to choose from if you would like to donate, many under £10.

Click here to visit the Sanctuary´s Wishlist page and choose which item, and request postage to:- The Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Gweek, Helston, TR12 6UG.

Photo below : Three of the items you could buy and donate to the seal rescue hospital.
Wish list gift
Otters
Jenny, a member of the Animal Care Team, dropped her mobile phone into a pool had it retrieved by an otter.

Jenny feared the Iphone would be lost for good after it fell into the water, until Starsky one of the Asian short-clawed otters, dived into action. He swam down to the bottom of his tank before hauling the handset to the surface between his paws. Starsky was all pleased with himself and gave the Iphone back to Jenny hoping to get a special treat.

Starsky is best known for juggling stones so this was no different, click here to watch a short video.
Starsky with Jenny's Iphone
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 21st 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 20th and 21st September 2014; Gwithian and Gunwalloe Fishing Cove.   Kennack Divers were also at Gunwalloe doing their underwater clean at the same time!

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.
Post Monitoring of Seals
Here are just three of the tagged seals spotted in the wild this month.

Bagshot was rescued on 11th February 2010 from the beach at Perranporth with a severe netting injury around its neck, he was then rehabilitated at the Seal Sanctuary and returned to the wild on 21st May 2010.

We are delighted to tell you that Bagshot has been spotted in the wild at Ramsey Island on 7th September 2014 by the RSPB´s warden Lisa Morgan. Click here to see a larger photo.
Photo by Lisa Morgan of Bagshot
Ken was rescued on 14th January 2009 in Newquay, suffering from injuries to his rear flippers, after final rehabilitated at the Seal Sanctuary and he was returned to the wild on 16th March 2009. Ken was spotted by Sue Sayer on 18th September 2014.

Click here to see a larger photo.
Photo by Sue Sayer of Ken
On the same day, Sue also spotted Snowdrop. Snowdrop was rescued on the 7th November 2009 from Westward HO! in Devon, after final rehabilitated she was returned to the wild on 13th April 2010.

Click here to see a larger photo.
Photo by Sue Sayer of Snowdrop
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 and the Cornwall Seal Group 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 (2014/15) it is a yellow tag), the date you saw the seal and the behaviour of the seal.

Then please contact the Cornish Seal Sanctuary via email and Sue Sayer, a member of the Cornwall Seal Group, 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 seal pup of the 2014/15 season in Cornwall was reported on 29th August 2014. Click here or on the images below to see a selection of photos taken by Sue Sayer of the CSG.
Photo by Sue Sayer Photos by Sue Sayer Photos by Sue Sayer
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.
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.
Adopt a Pup
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 available, Click here to download a printer friendly pdf version.

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