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Issue 119
April 2016

Seal Pups Update

There are still over 30 rescued seal pups in the convalescent pools!
Most of the pups are putting on weight, a few went backwards but they seem to be moving in the right direction now!

Early in the morning of the 27th April 2016 Roulette and Frustration were released back into the wild at Gunwalloe followed a few hours later by Hex, Labrinth, Solitaire, Articulate, Snakes & Ladders, Cribbage and Guess Who at Gwithian.

Click here to watch a short video filmed by Grace Jones
being released.
Seal Release - 27th April 2016

Post Monitoring of Seals!

Here is a list of tagged seals spotted in the wild by members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) around the coast of Cornwall this month:-

Pacific on 4th April 2016, Elvis on 4th & 15th April 2016, Wonder Woman on 15th April 2016, Beast and Wolverine on 15th & 18th April 2016, Thor on 18th April 2016, Whist on 4th & 30th April 2016 and Puffa on 30th April 2016.

It gives us great delight to see Puffa doing well in the wild considering she was rescued as a white fluffy pup back in October 2001 and then released back to the wild in March 2002. Click here to go to her story.

Click here to watch a short video of Elvis in the wild.

© Photo below of Whist was taken by Sue Sayer.
Whist This information regarding tagged seals seen in the wild is copyright of the CSGRT.

Click here to read an interesting fact sheet about the grey seals in Cornwall & the Isles of Scillies which was produced by Sue Sayer of the CSGRT.

If you find a Seal in the Wild

For over 55 years the Sanctuary has been rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing those pups from our local coastline that find themselves in trouble, whether it be eye problems, respiratory infections and malnourishment to broken bones, pollution-related problems and being separated from their mother too soon.

Just like to remind you that if you discover a seal pup that is in distress or alone, please call the Seal Sanctuary on 01326 221361 and/or the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) team 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.
Seals in the wild
If you have seen a seal disturbed in to the sea as a result of human activity or a dead seal, please call the Cornwall Wildlife Trust´s marine hotline : 0345 201 26 26.

Trek Cornwall 2016

In summer 2013 Jessica Hirons completed her first 300 mile round Cornwall walk for Grey Seals and she is now planning her next big challenge.

Originally completing the walk in 20 days (average of 15 miles a day) she has decided to repeat the challenge but this time up her game and complete in 11 days meaning and average daily mileage of 26!! Yes 11 marathons in 11 days!!

Jessica recently announced that she will be doing the Trek Cornwall 2016. She will attempt to navigate the whole Coastline of Cornwall, nearly 300 miles in total with over 20,000 metres of climbing...

Click here to go to Jes´s website and learn more about this amazing lady. Jess will be donating some of the money raised from the Trek Cornwall 2016 to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary. Trek Cornwall 2013

New Asian short-clawed Otters

A little update on Apricot and Harris, the two new Resident Asian Short-clawed Otters, they are settling in really well in Cornwall. For the Animal Care Team, it has been a good opportunity to get to know them, give Apricot and Harris lots of enrichment and begin their training too. In November 2015 Starsky was moved to Birmingham Sea Life Sanctuary to pair up with another Otter named Mango.
Click here or on the buttons below to see a selection of photos of Apricot taken at the end of December 2015.
Photos of Harris to appear here soon.
Apricot - December 2015
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Forthcoming Events
Get creative at the SEA LIFE and come along and join in on the fun at the Mister Maker events from 14th May to 12th June 2016.

Learn how to create your favourite sea creatures in the interactive craft zone, and on your journey through SEA LIFE, collect the recyclable materials you need to make your very own crab at home! Please note: Mister Maker will not be appearing at this event.
Walk for Whales 2016
A date for your diary...Want to do your bit to raise awareness and money for The Whale and Dolphin Conservation charity?

Why not take part in the 5 miles "Walk for Whales" on the Sunday 26th June 2016 at one of the eleven Sea Life centres around the UK. One could be near you?

Click here to find out more details.
Walk for Whales - 26th June 2016
Visitors Photos
These photos were taken by the Emery family during their visit to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary on 11th April 2016.

Linda said "Thank you for a lovely day! Adorable seals and whats more they loved my daughter´s fluffy seal toy!"

Click here to see a selection of photos.
Photos by the Emery family
Other News
A member of the Animal Care Team decided to let Paloma Faith know via Twitter that the Cornish Seal Sanctuary had named a pup after her a couple of years ago and that Paloma the grey seal pup is now back in the sea! And she responded!
Twitter message
The Website Media Team recommends an amazing book called "The Story of Roo, the Little Seal Pup" written by Victoria A Vine, who used to work at the Seal Sanctuary, and Illustrated by Carole Simmonds.

This book is on sale at the Gweek village shop - price £14.99.
Please contact Rachael at the Village shop for more details.
The Story of Roo, the Little Seal Pup book
Let us Test You?
Can you tell the difference between a Common (Harbour) Seal and a Grey Seal?

Click here to see a help sheet produced by Sue Sayer of the CSGRT.
Animal Adoptions
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 or even that last minute Christmas present, while supporting an important cause.

Please click here for more details and to download a printer friendly PDF version of the sponsorship form or call 01326 221361 for more details.
Animal Adoptions
Attraction´s Leaflet
Click here to download a printer friendly pdf version of the Sanctuary´s leaflet for 2016.
2016 leaflet

Buy your Discount Entry 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.
A Frequent Question: I´m on holiday in the area and can´t print my tickets

Answer: Although it is preferable and quicker if the front of house staff have a printed copy of your ticket, you can still book your tickets online in advance and make savings if you bring along the booking reference number (or can show the email confirmation on a mobile device), the card used and some ID that matches the booking name. The Front of House Staff can then check the records and allow entry from there.

This news update has been put together by volunteers/supporters of the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

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