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Issue 122
September 2016

Unusual Guests at the Sanctuary!
There is nothing unusual about the Sanctuary having rescued pups in the seal hospital at this time of the year, but they would normally just be Grey Seal pups and so far the Sanctuary has also had two Common Seal pups and one Ringed Seal in there!

Come and Meet "Muddy", a female Ringed Seal, who was rescued from Plymouth harbour on 4th September 2016.

The reason Muddy was a bit of a surprise when rescued was because her species is more likely to be found in the Arctic, she is the first Ringed Seal the Sanctuary has ever had. As you can see, she looks different to the usual rescued pups; she is now recovering in the rehabilitation pool.   Click here to read more about this seal.

This photo of Muddy was taken on 30th September 2016 in the outside rehabilitation pool, she looks a bit grumpy!

Click here to watch two short videos of Muddy.
Muddy, Ringed Seal - photo taken on 30th September 2016

Rescued Grey Seal Pups
The first rescued whitecoat grey seal pup of the 2016/17 season was from the beach at Portreath. The pup was rescued on 4th September 2016 by members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) team and Dan from the Seal Sanctuary.

For this rescue season the chosen theme is names of "Animals"!
So this pup (photo below) has been named "Seal".

This photo of "Seal" was taken on 4th September 2016 by Simon Bone, a member of the BDMLR and Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT).

Click here to read more about "Seal".
Photo by Simon Bone
Two weeks later, Orca was rescued from Trebarwith Strand near Tintagel on 15th September 2016, Honey Badger, 3 weeks old female seal pup, was rescued on 21st September 2016 from Portreath beach, Manatee, a 4 weeks old female grey seal pup, was rescued on 21st September 2016 from the beach at Constantine near Padstow and Sheep, 2 weeks old male seal pup, was rescued on 22nd September 2016 from Praa Sands.

Rescued Common Seal Pups
Icy, 14 weeks old female common seal pup, was rescued on 14th September 2016 from Porthmellon near Mevagissey and Jarvis, approx. 12 weeks old male common seal pup, was rescued on 16th September 2016 from Porthminster beach in St Ives.

This photo of Jarvis (right) was taken on 30th September 2016 in hospital pen 4.

The pup currently weighs 12kgs.

Residents Photo Gallery

Here is a photo (below) of Ray enjoying the water fall in the convalescent pool, this is one of his favourite past times.

Click on a photo of your choice below to see a larger version.
convalescent and nursery pools
grey seals
Some of the resident seals relaxing on the side
Some of the resident seals relaxing on the side
Some of the resident seals relaxing on the side
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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 in September 2016:-

Stephen Fry on 5th September 2016, Soyuz 5th & 8th September 2016, Woody, Ken & Uno on 12th September 2016.
Petunia seen on 12th September 2016 looking very pregnant - this photo was taken by Sue Sayer. Petunia - Photo by Sue Sayer of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust
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 over 55 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.
Seals in the wild
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.
Harassment of a
Seal Pup on a beach
Harassment of seal pup snoozy leads to warning to beach-goers at Portheras Cove to stay away. Click here to read the article online via West Briton newspaper.
Seal Pup on Beach

Haunted Hallows
Calling all Witches and Wizards for Half-Term Halloween fun between 22nd and 30th October 2016. Join the staff for a fangtastic new "Haunted Hallows" event.

Explore the Madness Maze
Walk the Witches Wood Trail (If you dare!)
Spooky Stories
Creepy Crafts
Yucky Dip

All this and much more, including the fantastic feeds and talks! We guarantee you it will be a spooky spectacle.

Why not purchase your entrance ticket in advance and save money! Click here for more details.

Click here to watch a very spooky Halloween video. Young children may find this scary!
Haunted Hallows

Beach Clean 2016
A huge Thank You to everyone who took part in the The Great British Beach Clean weekend with the Marine Conservation Society between 16th and 20th September 2016 at local beaches.

Please keep an eye on the MCS website for future dates, times and locations of your nearest beach cleans in 2017!
Beach Clean

VIP Sea Lion Experience
Get up close and personal with the VIP Southern Sea Lion Feeding experience at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary where you can feed the resident Southern Sea Lions, Noito & Diego, in an experience like no other in Cornwall!   Click here for more details.

Volunteer Work Placement Scheme
Are you over 18+ years old and would like to do some work experience or voluntary work at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Click here to learn more.
Volunteer Work Placement Scheme

Goodbye to Dan
This month saw the departure of Dan, he will be really missed by staff and visitors, we wish him all the best for the future.

Animal Adoptions
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.

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.

Also 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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