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Issue 115
December 2015

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Happy New Year to All
Here is a catch up of what the residents got up to during December 2015.
Happy Reading and hope you enjoy the photos and videos as well!
Grey Seal Pool
Pumpkin is still enjoying his orange lifebuoy but the Animal Care Team had a surprise for him, they arranged for a pontoon raft to be delivered.

Click here to watch a short video of Pumpkin floating around with his lifebuoy.
Grey Seals
So here is Pumpkin´s surprise...Kelly and Tamara putting together the pontoon for the seals to use as a haul-out area in their pool.
A new pontoon in the Grey Seals pool
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Grey Seals
Feeding time in the grey seals enclosure, click here or on the photos below to see larger version of these.
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Convalescent pool
Click here to watch a short video of the resident grey seals and some of the rescued seal pups in the convalesent pool being very noisy pups during water change day!
Grey Seals
Just click on the photo of your choice below to see a larger version of the seal feeding in the Convalescent pool.
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Kerplunk enjoying the wooden raft in the convalescent pool but she doesn´t seem happy that her friend Tic Tac Toe is disturbing her.
Seal pups loves the raft
Here is Ray nicking the delicious conger eel from one of his friends in the convalescent pool when she was not looking. Naughty Ray!
Ray nicking the delicious conger eel
Say hello to Alex, it´s his turn to clean the convalescent pool.
Alex - Cleaning the convalescent pool
If you have not visited the Seal Sanctuary since Christmas, you will see a difference behind the viewing platform of the convalescent pool; the pine trees have been removed.
Trees behind convalescent pool
Common Seal
Babyface with his two sons, Bo and Buddy, waiting for their breakfast.
Common Seals
Post Monitoring of Seals
Here are a list of tagged seals spotted in the wild by members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSG) around the coast of Cornwall this month:-

Flax and Jenga on 3rd December 2015.

This above information regarding tagged seals seen in the wild is copyright of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust.

Click here to read interesting facts sheet about the grey seals in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly which was produced by Sue Sayer of the CSG.
Latest leaflet
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary´s latest leaflet for 2015 is available, Click here to download a pdf version.
Pup Rescue Season 2015-16
At the time of writing this update (31st December 2015), here are the whereabouts of all the rescued seal pups.

Click on the name of the pup below to see a photo of them:-

Convalescent Pool - Battleship, Bingo, Boggle, Checkers, Euchre, Go Fish, Hex, Jenga, Kerplunk, Labyrinth, Ludo, One Eye Jack, Poker, Rummy, Solitaire, Tic Tac Toe, Uno and Whist

Rehabilation Pool - Cribbage & Yahtzee

Nursery Pools - Articulate, Backgammon, Jumanji, Scrabble, Shogi and Tiddlywinks

Hospital - Cranium, Fantastica, Hungry Hungry Hippo, Pop Up Pirate, Roulette and Sagaland

A few of these rescued seal pups are very close to their release weight of 40kgs, this means the Animal Care Team will be checking the tides and weather so there may be a release in January 2016.
If you discover an injured seal pup
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) 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.
Penguins
Feathered friends Waddles and Godfrey are the latest penguin couple to join the flock at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary this month.

The devoted pair were formerly part of a 20-bird colony at the Seaview Wildlife Encounter on the Isle of Wight, which has closed down after 44 years. Click here to read more.
Penguins
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Patagonian Sea Lions
Diego and Noito have a play fight while waiting for feeding time.
Patagonian Sea Lion
Californian Sea Lions
Sunny and André waiting for their pool to be filled with water after it was cleaned.
Andre and Sunny
Paddock
Muffin with his coat on in the paddock.
Muffin's with his coat on in the Paddock
Please remember that this cat is wild and can be unpredictable with people, he is happy to make his way around the Sanctuary but cannot be trusted, please do not try to touch him during your visit.
Resident Cat
Photo Opportunity
Here are the members of the Animal Care Team who worked over the Festive period to make sure all were well cared for at the Sanctuary.
Animal Care Team
Other News
One of RNAS´s Sea Kings flying over the Seal Sanctuary on her final day on 31st December 2015.

Cornwall´s Royal Navy Air Rescue team based at Culdrose has handed over search and rescue operations to a private company from the 1st January 2016.
Sea King from Culdrose navy base
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 for more details and to download a printer friendly PDF version of the sponsorship form or call 01326 221361 for more details.

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
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) 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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