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Issue 124
November 2016

Convalescent Pool

Icy has joined Orca, Honey Badger, Seal and Manatee in the convalescent pool for their final stage of rehabilitation and to learn how to compete for food with the resident seals before they are released back to the wild.
Rescued Pup - Seal
Honey Badger

Nursery Pools

Click here or on the buttons below to see larger version of the photos of the Sheep, Merlin and Jarvis in the nursery pools.

Jarvis is now in the outside nursery pool. As he will not be released back to the wild, Jarvis is having fun with the Animal Care Team and learning the crucial husbandry training techniques, which will prepare him for move in with the resident Common Seals Babyface, Bo and Buddy in a month or so time.
Jarvis, common seal pup

Rescued Seal Pups

Panther was rescued on 15th November 2016 from Pendeen near Lands End, Giraffe from Portreath and Otter from Mevagissey on 20th November 2016, Tiger on 23rd November 2016 from Godrevy, Bat on 25th November 2016 from Sennen Cove and Panda on 29th November 2016 from Porthkidney beach.

First Seal Pup Release

Grey seal pups Seal, Orca, Manatee, Loris and Common seal pup Icy were the first official release of the season 2016/17 released back into the wild on 25th November 2016 at Gwithian beach.

The planned release is a major operation involving several members of the Sanctuary team.

The rehabilitation pool was drained, and then each pup was herded into a cage and then transferred to a trailer which was then driven onto the beach to be safely released. Click here to read more about the seal release.
Photos below © Simon Bone.
Seal Release - 25th November 2016
Seal Release - 25th November 2016
Seal Release - 25th November 2016
Seal Release - 25th November 2016
Seal Release - 25th November 2016
Seal Release - 25th November 2016
Also Click here to see a further selection of amazing photos taken by Photographer Simon Bone.

Residents Photo Gallery

Here is a photo (below) of Badger enjoying saying hello in the underwater viewing window in the convalescent pool.

Click on a photo of your choice below to see a larger version.
Resident Photos
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Rescued Ringed Seal
The Animal Care Team and Sanctuary staff are shocked and deeply saddened at Muddy´s death during the night of 23rd/24th November 2016. Click here to read the press release.

A full post mortem will be conducted and results should be known in a few weeks.

Post Monitoring of Seals
Here is a list of tagged seals spotted in the wild by members of the CSGRT around the coast of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly:-

Riley on 3rd, 7th & 10th November 2016, Wonderwoman on 7th November 2016, Rocket Dog and Whist on 10th November 2016.

This information regarding tagged seals seen in the wild is copyright of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (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 nearly 60 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.
Seal pup on beach

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.

New Adoption Scheme
You can help support the work of the Cornish Seal Sanctuary as they care for their Residents and Rescued Seal Pups by joining the new Adoption Scheme.

Please keep an eye on the websites for more information.

Attraction´s Leaflet
Click here to download a printer friendly pdf version of the Sanctuary´s leaflet.
2016 leaflet

Dogs are Welcome
Did you know that the Cornish Seal Sanctuary loves well behaved dogs!

Dogs are always welcome at the Sanctuary provided they are kept on a lead.

Please do not leave dog(s) in your car during your visit.

Don´t forget to bring some poo bags with you to clear up after your dog(s).

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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