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Issue 113
October 2015

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Pup Rescue Season 2015-16
Boggle, a male seal pup, was rescued on the 3rd October 2015 from Crackington Haven by Michelle Robinson Clement and Simon Dolphin, members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), along with Mo, John and Bude´s Lifeguard Tom who found the pup in an awkward part of the beach.

Boggle was suffering with an upper respiratory infection and superficial wounds on his flippers and body. Click here to read more.

© Photo below of Boggle was taken by Nick Upton.
Boggle
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The Friends of Portheras Cove were doing their morning´s litter-pick on the 6th October 2015 when it turned into a seal rescue operation when a little pup was found trying to stay clear of the rising tide in the cove.

The pup was monitored for 3 hours by the volunteers and the rescue team of Emma, Lesley and Dave, members of the BDMLR, but there was no sign of mum returning. A decision was made where by Lesley and Dave transported the 4 weeks old female pup to the Seal Sanctuary. The pup has been named Whist. Click here to read more.

Photo below credit: The Friends of Portheras Cove
Credit Photo - The Friends of Portheras Cove
Checkers, a whitecoat female pup, was approximately 10 days old when rescued from Strangles beach by Ruth, Ado Shoreland and Michelle Robinson Clement, members of the BDMLR, along with lots of helpers from the Widemouth Task Force. This was very helpful as there was a killer cliff to climb. The pup was transported to the Seal Sanctuary. Click here to read more.

Photo below credit: Michelle Robinson Clement
Photo of Checkers by Michelle Robinson Clement
Jenga, a female pup was approximately 4 weeks old when rescued from Widemouth Bay on 10th October 2015 by BDMLR Medics. The pup was transported to the Seal Sanctuary. Click here to read more.

Photo below of Jenga was taken by Michelle Robinson Clement
Photo of Jenga by Michelle Robinson Clement
Ludo, 5 weeks old female grey seal pup, was rescued from the beach at Porthholland by members of the BDMLR team. She was found to have multiple wounds to the head, flippers and chest and also had a very large abscess. Click here to read more.
Ludo
Euchre, 5 weeks old male grey seal pup, was rescued from the beach at Constantine in Padstow by Dave & Lesley and another medic, members of the BDMLR team.

Dave said "when they arrived at the beach, members of the public were trying to encourage the pup back into the sea, all the pup wanted to do was rest." Some people think it is best to put seals back into the sea, this is not always the best solution.

Photo below: Dan, a member of the Animal Care Team and Dave (BDMLR), carrying the pup to the hospital.
Euchre
One Eye Jack and Boggle are now in the outside nursery pool number 2 for their next stage of rehabilitation.

Photo below : One Eye Jack
One Eye Jack
Photo below : Boggle
Boggle
Kerplunk is now recuperating after surgery to remove a severely wounded rear flipper.

In only the second such operation performed on a rescued seal pup in the UK, Paul Riley (a director at Head & Head vets in Helston) amputated the flipper after discovering that all bar one of the metatarsal bones were not just broken, but were actually necrotic and starting to slough out of the wound.

Click here to read press release and here to see a larger version of the photo below.
Kerplunk having the operation
Following the successful removal of part of Kerplunk´s flipper earlier this month he has now been moved to the outside nursery pool.

Click here to watch a short video of Kerplunk swimming in nursery pool number 1.
Kerplunk
Photo below of Uno was taken on 23rd October 2015 in the hospital´s pen number 2, she weighs 14kgs.
Uno
Visitors Photos
Carolyn and her husband Steve took this photo of their sons, Scott, Lewis & Craig, and Dachshunds, Izzy & Rosie, during their visit to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary on 28th October 2015; Carolyn said they had a great time. Click here to see a large version of this photo and a further one.
Visitors Photos
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
Latest leaflet
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary´s latest leaflet for 2015 is available, Click here to download a pdf version.
Spooky Halloween Week
There were lots of spooky things happening at the Sanctuary this month, beware some of the photos below may scare you!
Spooky Halloween
Here are some of the quotes we heard...a little boy said to the ghosts "If I walk quietly through you all, will you promise not to wake up". A husband looks up at one of the witches hovering and says "oh no it´s the Mother in law".
If you didn´t get a chance to visit during "Spooky Halloween week", here are some photos of what you missed...

Just click here or on a picture below of your choice to see a larger version of photos.
Spooky Halloween Week Spooky Halloween Week Spooky Halloween Week Spooky Halloween Week Spooky Halloween Week
Click here to watch a very spooky Halloween video. Young children may find this scary!
Convalescent pool
Ray is up to no good again in the convalescent pool and teaching the new resident, Badger, how to seek attention.

Click here to watch Ray grabbing the water as it comes out of the hose. Click here to see a larger photo below of Ray.
Ray
Grey Seal Pool
Marlin still loves his surf board...and can be found most days having a chill out session!
Grey Seal Pool
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Common Seal
Sija is missing Babyface so much that the Animal Care Team had arranged a satellite link from Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park to Gweek.

Click here to watch an interview about this amazing story.
Sija and Babyface
Patagonian Sea Lions
Diego and Noito enjoying a nice Autumn day whilst their pool is being drained as the filters were a bit clogged up...may be one too many conger eels.
Patagonian Sea Lions
Californian Sea Lions
Sunny also enjoying the autumn days...with André checking with the visitors to see when feeding time is.
Sunny - Californian Sea Lions
Andre - Californian Sea Lions
Paddock
Paddock Animals
Just click here or on a picture below of your choice to see a larger version of photos taken in October 2015.
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Otters
Interesting facts...Did you know that the Asian Short-Clawed Otter is the smallest otter species - only about the size of a domestic cat. The largest otter is the giant South American otter, which may be up to 10 times heavier!
Otters - Starsky and Hutch
Penguins logo
Interesting facts...Did you know that a Humboldt Penguin is a South American Penguin that breeds in coastal Chile and Peru. Its nearest relatives are the African Penguin, the Magellanic Penguin and the Galápagos Penguin.

Photo below: Yoni
Penguins
Team
Here are some of the Entertainments Team, Volunteers and Members of the Animal Care Team.

Just click here or on a photos below to see larger version of these.
Volunteers and Members of the Animal Care Team
Volunteers and Members of the Animal Care Team
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, a Christmas present, special occasion or to commemorate the life of a loved one, while supporting an important cause.

Please click here or call 01326 221361 for more details.
Adopt a Pup
Post Monitoring of Seals
Here are a list of tagged seals spotted in the wild by members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust around the coast of Cornwall this month:-

Riley on 1st & 5th October 2015, Ken on 1st October 2015, Woody on 1st, 8th & 26th October 2015 and Beast on 8th, 22nd & 26th October 2015, Jenga (2008) on 29th October 2015 and Hufflepuff between 7th and 31st October 2015.

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

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.

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