News Update January 2016
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Stranded sperm whale dies despite long rescue attempt
As you may know because of the radio and television coverage, a sperm whale found beached just below the Old Hunstanton cliffs coast has died despite efforts to free it.

The approx. 50ft young adult whale is believed to have been one of up to five that swam into the Wash. Four of the whales were reportedly beached in the shallow waters on 22nd January 2016, but three managed to free themselves.

Sperm whales are deep sea animals and do not belong in the shallow waters of the North Sea. Hunstanton SEA LIFE´s staff, BDMLR volunteers, RNLI and the Coastguards worked overnight to try to free it, but to no avail. Unfortunately 2 days later three dead sperm whales washed up on a beach in Lincolnshire and are believed to be from the same pod.
Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary
Seal Rescue
Rudolph is still in the seal hospital but is starting to eat her fish properly so hopefully over the next couple of days, she will be moved to the outside resident seal pool for Rudolph´s next stage of rehabilitation and to learn how to compete for fish during feeding time.
Blitzen was moved outside to the resident seal pool on 8th January 2016. He is eating really well and has put on an astounding amount of weight...32kgs now!

Here is a photo of Blitzen investigating the underwater viewing area in the big pool!

Doesn´t he look much better now!
Blitzen
Mint Choc Chip is still in the hospital´s swim (weaning) pool awaiting test results for his mouth.
This cheeky little lady is Donder (an alternative spelling for Donner, yes the Animal Care Team are stuck with the reindeer names) who was rescued on 3rd January 2016 from Mundesley beach with the help of volunteer Stephanie and the local Coastwatch team.
Donder
Donder had a full coat of white fur when she arrived at the Seal Hospital but as you can see from her photo above taken on 8th January 2016, she has already swapped this out for adult fur.

At only 17kg Donder is very underweight and was badly dehydrated when she was picked up but is doing well and taking whole herring already. She also had a few bite wounds but with some treatment these are healing well.

Fingers crossed Donder piles on the pounds and can join some of the other seals in the outdoor main pool very soon.

Dancer was picked up by volunteer seal rescuer, Stephanie, from Weybourne beach on 11th January 2016.

This little grey seal pup is very small for her age at only 16kgs. The pup also had some bite wounds to her flippers and signs of infection but with some treatment and TLC from the amazing Animal Care Team; hope she´ll be feeling a little brighter before too long.
Dancer
Photo below: A member of the Animal Care Team, Hollie, giving Dancer a thorough once over after arriving at the seal hospital.
Dancer
At the time of writing this, the grey rescued seals are coming in thick and fast at the moment with 5 in 3 days! The team were then shocked when rescuers brought in 2 common seals on the same day!

All the seals are doing well now, and will be released as soon as they are all healthy and weighing between 35-40 kilos.

Why not pop down and see them in the Seal Hospital? Don´t forget to purchase your entrance tickets in advance. See below for more details.

Click here to go to the Rescued Seal Pups Index Page.
Seal Release
Mini Milk and Calippo were released back to the wild on 6th January 2016. Mini Milk weighed 32kgs and Calippo weighed 31kgs.
Aquarium
Do you remember last month we mentioned about two Lesser Octopuses being washed up on the beach at Heacham on 15th December 2015. Unfortunately one of the Octopuses sadly died.

We are pleased to say that the other one, named Sue, has recovered really well and settled into her new home on display for you all to see. Click here to read the press release.

Sue, a few days after being moved into her new home(photo below).

Click here to see a larger of this photo below and a further one.
Sue, Lesser Octopus
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 for 2015 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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