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Issue 114
November 2015

Pup Rescue Season 2015-16
This month saw the arrival of more rescued seal pups in the hospital:-

Rummy, 4 weeks old male grey seal pup, was rescued from the beach at Soap Cove (Lizard Peninsula). The pup had multiple puncture wounds on his body, flippers and head as well as an ulcer on his left eye. Weighed 27kgs.

Click here to read the full story of how this pup was rescued by Dan a member of the Animal Care Team along with volunteer members of the Cornwall Seal Group and British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) Team.
Solitaire, 2-3 weeks old female grey seal pup, was rescued on 8th November 2015 from the beach at Perranporth by Mike who was assisted by Chris and Annabelle, medics for the BDMLR team.

Photo below of Solitaire was taken by Mike Taylor of the BDMLR. Click here to see a larger version of this photo and a further one.
Solitaire - Photo by Mike Taylor of BDMLR
Battleship, 2-3 weeks old male grey seal pup, was rescued by members of BDMLR team from Portreath on the 10th November 2015. He weighed 24kg and had a large, infected wound on his left shoulder and puncture wounds on his front and rear flippers and tail, as well as a small scratch on his left eye. Initially he had difficulties keeping fluids down. He is being treated with anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, eye drops and medicine to settle his stomach.
Poker, approx. 3 weeks old female grey seal pup, was rescued by Faye, Sarah and Jeff, members of the BDMLR team, from the slipway in Port Isaac on the 12th November 2015. Faye said "whilst rescuing this pup, the wind was howling."

The pup was transported to the Seal Sanctuary via Dave & Dan Jarvis of BDMLR. Fully moulted only weighing 14kg, she had a large wound on her left shoulder and puncture wounds to her front and rear flippers. She is being treated with antibiotics and anti-inflammatories.

Photo below was taken by Jeff Taylor of BMDLR.
Poker - Photo by Jeff Taylor
Tic Tac Toe, approx. 4 weeks old male grey seal pup, was rescued on the 14th November 2015 from the beach at Hayle by members of the BDMLR team. The pup was found underweight at 14kg, very tired and lethargic. The pup had a small scratch on his left eye, a wound on the tail and a small wound with swelling on his lower jaw. He is being treated with antibiotics and eye drops.
Tic Tac Toe
Labyrinth, approx. 4 weeks old male grey seal pup, was rescued on the 20th November 2015 from the beach at Sennen Cove by members of the BDMLR team. The pup weighed 14kgs and had wounds on his right eyelid, neck, shoulder and tail. He is being treated with antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and eye drops.
Shogi, approx. 4-5 weeks old female grey seal pup, was rescued on the 25th November 2015 from Kynance Cove by Emma and Alex, two members of the staff at the Seal Sanctuary.

The pup was found to have a swollen flipper with wounds on her chin and body. Luckily some of the Seal Sanctuary´s visitors were on the beach too, and took this photo of Shogi!
Cribbage, 3-4 weeks old female grey seal pup, was rescued on the 27th November 2015 from the beach at Mother Ivey´s Bay near Padstow by members of the BDMLR team. She was found to be malnourished and underweight.
Jumani, approx. 4 weeks old male grey seal pup, was rescued from the shores of St Marys on the Isles of Scilly, on the 28th November 2015 by members of the BDMLR team. He was found with a nasty gash on his right shoulder, malnourished and underweight at 12kgs.
New Resident Grey Seal
Staff and visitors are very pleased to welcome a new resident to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, a two year old grey seal.

Currently known as "Annie", she is undergoing a name change where the Sanctuary team members have put in name suggestions for her and the winning name will be announced in the coming weeks.
Annie at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Annie was rescued from Donna Nook in 2014 after being separated from her mother. She was rehabilitated at Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary and released on the 7th November 2014.

Unfortunately Annie was re-rescued on the 11th May 2015 by Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary from Kilnsea near Withernsea. She was suffering from severe hair loss, lethargy and she had lacerations to her left flank.

Photo below of Annie was taken at Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary in June 2015. Click here to read the press release.
Annie at Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary
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:-

Riley on 5th & 23rd November 2015, Petunia, Ken & Woody on 9th November 2015, Beast on 16th November 2015, Ariel and Pebbles on 23rd November 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.
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 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.
Pup on beach
Trek Cornwall 2016
In summer 2013 Jessica 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 Hirons has 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.

Photo below was taken in August 2013.
Trek Cornwall 2013
Visitors Photos
Andrew Heron took this photo below of Ludo, one of the rescued seal pups, enjoying the winter sun in the convalescent pool during his visit to the Seal Sanctuary on 21st November 2015.

Click here to see a larger version of this photo.
Ludo - photo by Andrew Heron
This year the chosen theme for the rescued pups is "Board Games"! And once the Animal Care Team see each new arrival, they have a pretty good idea which name belongs to which pup.
Adopt a Pup
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.
Latest leaflet
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary´s latest leaflet for 2015 is available, Click here to download a pdf version.

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.
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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