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Issue 149
Summer 2018


The school holidays are drawing to an end, we hope you all had a lovely summer, and had a chance to visit the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, to join in celebrating 60 years of rescues at the Sanctuary.

On 17th August 2018 Claire, Animal Care Team Supervisor, waved goodbye and moved on to new adventures, we all wish Claire the very best for the future, we will miss her.

Celebrated 60 Years
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary celebrated with a host of VIPs on the evening of 1st September 2018 including Ken Jones´s daughter Linda and her husband Paul.

Jana Sirova, the Sanctuary´s Manager, introduced the guest speakers starting with Paul and Linda who reminisce about the problems Ken had creating the Sanctuary at Gweek and how it went on to become the largest Seal Sanctuary in the country. Mike Thomas talked about his time as Manager including the story of Pepper and Rocky. To close the evening Andy Bools of SEA LIFE Trust told guests about the Sanctuary´s bright future.

Click here to see a selection of photos on our fliker account taken during the evening.
Celebrated 60 Years

Rescued Seal Pups
Bananarama Bananarama, eight months old female grey seal pup, was rescued on 24th August 2018 from Trevellas Cove near St Agnes by members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) Medics.

This seal pup was malnourished, suspected parasitic pneumonia, bite wounds to her flippers and scarred right eye from an old injury.
Enys was re-rescued after being found on the beach at Westward Ho on 1st July 2018.

She had a deep wound to the left side of her neck, as the beach was busy, the local lifeguards took the seal to a safe location and contacted British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), medics Alex Bond and Becky Melville collected the pup and took her to an overnight care area, Enys was taken to Gweek the next day.

Enys is now in the safe hands of the Animal Care with lots of TLC.

Photo credit left: BDMLR
Jonesy Jonesy, 12 weeks old male seal pup, was rescued by members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) on 26th June 2018 from Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes.

Here is a latest photo of Jonesy (right) taken on 1st August 2018 in the nursery pool.

Jonesy and Eyns will be returned to the wild soon once they have completed their rehabilitation.

Sanctuary Founders honoured with
Blue Plaque Unveiling
As part of the Cornish Seal Sanctuary´s 60th Anniversary celebrations, Friday 13th July 2018 was a very special day. Everyone had great pleasure in unveiling a commemorative blue plaque dedicated to the Sanctuary founders, Ken and Mary Jones.

The Sanctuary were joined by lots of special people that were an inherent part of the Sanctuary´s humble beginnings and history, including Linda and Paul Bennett, Ken and Mary´s daughter and son-in-law. Click here to read more.
Ken's daughter Linda unveils the commemorative blue plaque

Amputee Seal "Aayla" Given a Home
Aayla arrives at her new home - Copyright Cornish Seal Sanctuary An 18-month-old grey seal pup who had to have half a flipper surgically removed has become the newest resident at the Seal Sanctuary when she arrived on 17th July 2018.

Aayla was rescued on the Norfolk coast in January 2017 weak from hunger and with a small wound to her front right flipper.

She was cared for at Sea Life Hunstanton, where a detailed vet´ inspection revealed that infection in her wound had spread to the bones of her flipper.

Click here to read more.

First ever baby Penguin hatched at the Sanctuary
After successfully hand-rearing, "Squidge" the miracle penguin chick has started swimming lessons.

"Squidge" the first ever penguin chick born at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, hatched from its egg on 27th May 2018 to parents Lola and Gilbert, a Humboldt Penguin pair at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary. Click here to read the press release.

This photo right of Squidge was taken on 30th June 2018 in the hospital.

Click here to see a selection of photos of the Penguin Chick on our Fliker page.
Squidge - 30th June 2018
Squidge - 31st August 2018 Here is a photo of "Squidge" trying to fly out of the window...Click here to see a larger version of this taken on 31st August 2018.

We hope you enjoy the selection of photos taken during August, click here or on the photo of your choice below to see a larger version of the image.
As some of the resident seals line up in front of Tamara during feeding time...she says One for you... Enrichment
Where did the fish go? One of the pups wants to help with the cleaning
Sunny and Andre Eyns and Jonesy
Aayla Resident Common Seal - Bo and Buddy
Resident Seal Grey - Snoopy Whats that on my back girls
Otters Otters
Yulelogs Marlin
Diego, Patagonian Sea Lion, with Tamara, the Sanctuary´s Curator Noito - Patagonian Sea Lion, with Nat, a member of the Animal Care Team
Tuppence Muffin
Bracken Humboldt Penguins
Animal Care Team Staff on the BBQ
Animal Care Team Staff on the BBQ
Cornish Seal Sanctuary Marvin, Dennis, Ernie, Bertie, Steve

Do you have any
unwanted Towels!
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.
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:-
Enys on 25th & 30th June 2018,
Petunia and Pebbles on 30th June 2018,
Panther on 9th & 16th July 2018,
Whist on 16th & 23rd August 2018,
Nampara, Polar Bear, Rupert and Woody on 20th August 2018, Orion on 21st June 2018, 23rd, 30th & 31st August 2018 and Elvis on 22nd August 2018.

This above information regarding tagged seals seen in the wild is copyright of the CSGRT.
Dogs are
A special way to honour a birthday, special occasion or to commemorate the life of a loved one, while supporting an important cause.

To purchase an adoption, simply call the Seal Sanctuary on 01326 221361 or purchase your adoption pack during your visit!   Please click here for more details.
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).
Click here to download a printer friendly pdf version of the Sanctuary´s leaflet.
Animal Adoptions Dogs are always welcome Latest leaflet

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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