News Update February 2016
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Seal Rescue
Buddy, a grey seal pup, was rescued from Mundesley beach on 11th February 2016 after being found hauled out by volunteer seal rescuer Stephanie. The pup was very lethargic and looking a little worse for wear.

When the Animal Care Team checked her over they found she had lots of bite wounds and abscesses on her face and flippers and at only 15kgs she is only a fraction of the weight she should be.
Buddy
The Grinch, a grey seal pup, was rescued from Mundesley beach on 12th February 2016 after a concerned member of the public contacted the Council. Once again volunteer Stephanie came to the rescue and went to assess the situation.

It was obvious the little seal needed some help so she was brought into the hospital. At only 14kgs The Grinch is very underweight (she should weigh more than twice this!) and on checking her over it looks like she has a case of lungworm too.
The Grinch
Donner, Prancer and Comet are currently in the hospital´s weaning/swim pool and will be moved outside to the seal pool for their final stage of rehabilitation and to learn how to compete for fish with the adult seals and other rescued seal pups before being released back in the wild in the next month or so.
Prancer with Comet and Donner
Dasher with Comet and Donner
Dasher (below) is in hospital pen number 4.
Dasher
Dancer (below) is now in the outside seal pool.
Dancer
Princess Peach (below) is hospital pen number 1.
Princess Peach
Tornado (below) is in the outside seal pool.
Tornado
Mint Choc Chip is in the outside seal pool.
Mint Choc Chip
Photo Opportunity
Click here or on the photo below to see a selection of pictures
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Seal Release
Blitzen and Rudolph were released back to the wild at Winterton beach on 11th February 2016. Weighing 40kgs and 45kgs respectively they have successfully been rehabilitated and have been released in the same area they were rescued from!

As Blitzen and Rudolph happily bounded back into the waves, it was a lovely surprise to meet the couple who reported Rudolph in distress back in December 2015. Click here to see a larger photo of this one.
Blitzen and Rudolph
Penguins
Four feathered friends have joined the flock of Humboldt Penguins at the Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary in December 2015.

These were formerly part of a 20-bird colony at the Seaview Wildlife Encounter on the Isle of Wight, which has closed down after 44 years.

Other members of the colony have been re-homed at the SEA LIFE centres in Great Yarmouth, Gweek and Weymouth.

The Isle of Wight attraction cited the seasonal nature of its operations and stiffer legislation as the reasons behind its closure.

Its owners were relieved to receive the offer to rehome their beloved penguins, among them arthritic 20-year-old bird Dippy who has found the perfect new home - a pool with an access ramp - at Great Yarmouth SEA LIFE Centre.

Click here or on the photo below to see a selection of pictures of the new colony of Humboldt Penguins at the Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary.
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New resident Penguins
Otters
Otters

Adopt a Seal Pup
A special way to honour a birthday, special occasion or to commemorate the life of a loved one, while supporting an important cause.

Why not adopt a seal pup or a creature and help to maintain the first class animal care at the Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary. Please click here for more details.


If You Discover a
Seal Pup in the Wild!
If you should discover a seal pup that seems to be in distress, or is alone, what you do next could mean the difference between life and death for the animal.

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.

Call the Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary on 01485 533576.

The Animal Care Team are on call around the clock to race to the rescue of seal pups in trouble anywhere around the coast.
Rescued seal pup
Back at the Sanctuary, pups receive expert veterinary care and are gradually weaned from a liquid diet to whole fish in the purpose built hospital.

Then it´s to the outdoor pools to gain weight and build strength and stamina ready to resume life in the wild.


Birthday Parties
Why not give your son or daughter a birthday to remember with an Exclusive SEA LIFE Party.

Your son or daughter would get a very special birthday party enjoying their day at the SEA LIFE Sanctuary with family, friends and Captain Jack Sparrow.

If you are interested please call the centre on 01485 533576.
Book a Birthday Party


Latest Leaflet
The Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary´s latest leaflet is available, Click here to download a printer friendly pdf version.
Save Money on your Admission Tickets
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 up to 30%.

Plus you can also purchase SEA LIFE Annual Passes and Merlin Annual Passes.

When you click here or on the above link, it will take you through to Merlin Entertainments´
official booking website for Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary for the Best Price Guarantee.

A Frequent Question: I´m on holiday in the area and can´t print my entrance tickets.
Answer: Please click here for more details about printing tickets.


This news update has been put together by volunteers/supporters of the Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary.

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