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Issue 140
January 2018


Rescued Seal Pups 2017/18
This year the Cornish Seal Sanctuary celebrates 60 years of rescues, this is the first time in all these years that Cornwall is facing a seal pup rescue crisis. CSS, British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) and the RSPCA have been overwhelmed by the number of stranded seal pups found along the coastline of Cornwall over the last few weeks. Record number of sick and abandoned seal pups have been discovered after series of winter storms during high tides.

Sue Sayer of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Team (CSGRT) said "There has been a succession of storms over really high tides flooded all the beaches, washed all those seal pups out without enough food inside them to survive."

The BBC National News team heard of the plight of the seal pups and filmed the CSS, BDMLR and CSGRT on 10th January 2018 in a story that aired on BBC National News both 6pm (below) and 10pm.
It has been a very busy 2017/18 rescue season with lots more seal pups arriving, fourteen were rescued this month. Please click on the pup´s names below.

Schmirtz, Nick, Wynwalloe, Gerry, Zacky, Nampara, Charlie, Alpha, Miner, Beta, Chris, Dewgong, Hugh and Leon.

If you find a Seal in the Wild
For 60 years the Sanctuary has been rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing pups from the Cornish coastline and beyond 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.
A quick reminder 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.
Pup being checked by staff at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Local Beach Cleans for January 2018
Wayne and Koda
Jana, Alex and Georgina, members of the Cornish Seal Sanctuary team, met up with Wayne Dixon and his beautiful Inuit dog Koda on 31st January 2018 to clean up Kennack Sands.

Wayne´s Walking - Clean Mind, Clean streets, Clean life is travelling around Britain with Koda, cleaning the beaches and coastal paths as they go.

Dubbed an environmental hero and inspiring many communities to start caring for their own local environments, Wayne is raising awareness for Keep Britain Tidy and money for Mind and the Northern Inuit Society Dog Rescue.

Wayne was inspired to start his walk in memory of his father, John L Dixon, a historical writer and avid walker who died in 2012 and has so far covered nearly 3,000 of his 7,000 mile walk.
Amazing Turnout
Around 70 people joined some of the staff as they helped to clear up the beaches following Storm Eleanor.

On Sunday 14th January 2018 the team decided to put on an extra beach clean at Gunwalloe after Storm Eleanor left extra debris along our coastline.

The clean, which covered both of the beaches, attracted a large amount of people of all ages who wanted to help clean up our seas.

Jana Sirova, General Manager, said "It is fantastic to see so many people wanting to help marine life; it means the message is getting out there."

"No matter how big or small, anything you collect from the beach is a positive step towards helping our ocean life."   Click here to read more.
Wayne and Koda
beach clean on 14th January 2018

Conservation Club
Conservation Club - 8 - 14 years old Not sure what to do with the kids at the weekend? The staff may have the answer! during March the Sanctuary will be running the Conservation Club, where children aged 8 - 14 year olds can join members of the team on Saturday mornings (3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th March) to learn all about seals and the environment they live in. If you are interested in booking, give Alex a call on 01326 221361 - there are limited spaces and already getting booked up! Click here for more details.

Post Release Monitoring
of Seals
With each update we will name any tagged seals spotted in the wild by members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) around the coast of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly:-
Puffa & Shuttle on 1st January 2018,
Boo on 1st & 4th January 2018,
Beast on 1st, 4th & 22nd January 2018,
Orion on 1st, 11th, 15th, 18th & 29th January 2018,
Sabretooth on 4th January 2018,
Sam and Petunia on 11th January 2018,
Elvis on 11th, 18th & 29th January 2018,
Shrek on 11th & 15th January 2018,
Snowdrop on 11th & 22nd January 2018,
Whist on 11th & 29th January 2018,
Jubilee on 15th January 2018,
Spiderman on 15th & 18th January 2018,
Rupert on 22nd January 2018,
Riley on 22nd & 29th January 2018 and
Panther (photo below) on 1st & 29th January 2018.
Photo credit (above) - Sue Sayer

This information regarding tagged seals seen in the wild is copyright of the CSGRT.
Towels Urgently
If anyone has any spare towels they don´t want, please drop them into the reception at the Sanctuary, the Animal Care Team are desperate for these, as the stock of towels are running very low.

The Animal Care Team use 4 towels per seal a day so if you have any old towels you don´t want, please drop them in.

Why do the Animal Care Team ask for towels?

These are used during the rescue process, first to distract the seal and then to cover its head and body. Once the seal´s head is covered they tend to calm down.

Towels are also used during the rehabilitation process, again for handling the seal and also to keep the pen dry and warm during the early part of the treatment.
Urgent Appeal for Towels

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) 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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