News Update July 2015
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Rescued Seal Pups
This month saw the arrival of five more rescued common seal pups.

The Animal Care Team received a slightly more unusual seal rescue call on 3rd July 2015.

Meet Tornado, a common seal, who was found on a farm near the River Wissey around 20 miles inland!

Photo below is of Tornado in the back of the farmer´s pick up truck.
Tornado
Tornado is around three years old so is much bigger than the rest of this summer´s rescued common seals. She had been previously rehabilitated and released when she was a pup in the summer of 2012 but seems to have got herself a little bit lost.

Other than being a little confused and exhausted Tornado is a healthy seal and hopefully will not be at the SEA LIFE Sanctuary for too long before being released back into the wild.
Tornado
Funny Foot, a male common seal pup, was found on 5th July 2015 at Heacham North beach along with another seal pup, Mivvi, a female seal pup. After being separated from their mums they more than likely heard each other calling out for food on the beach and found their way to each other.

Apart from both being a bit underweight, Funny Foot 9.3kgs and Mivi 8.7kgs, both were exhausted. These two are both in good health and with a little help from the Animal Care Team will be ready to go back to the wild before too long.

Update 31/07/2015: Funny Foot now weighs 14.5kg and Mivvi 12kg and are in the hospital pen number 3 together, both hand feeding well and are starting to show interest in eating for themselves.

Photo below: Funny Foot (left) and Mivvi (right)
Funny Foot (left) and Mivvi (right)
Rainbow (photo below), a female common seal pup, was found at Burnham Ovary Staithe on 22nd July 2015 by a member of the public. She had a very sore and swollen muzzle as a result of infections in her mouth and receiving treatment. Weighed 13.5kgs upon arrival at the seal hospital. Rainbow is already hand feeding well on whole herring.
Rainbow
Here is an update of the rescued pups at the time of writing this on 31st July 2015.

Click on the names below to see photos of the rescued pups taken on 12th July 2015.

Pups in the resident outdoor seal pool are:- Magnum weighs 19kg, Solero 22kg, Cornetto 20kg, Twister 20kg, Flake 19kg, Nobbly Bobbly 21kg, Haribo 21kg and Hemera.

Hospital´s swim pool:- Calippo 18kg, Maxibon 14kg (photo below) and Tutti Fruity 14kg. Maxibon is eating well for himself and the other two are not far behind, hopefully he will show them how it´s done.

Hospital´s pen 4:- Mini Milk 13.5kg and Feast 15kg are both hand feeding well and starting to learn to eat for themselves.
Maxibon
The Vets John and Steve did an amazing operation on one of the rescued Grey Seals, Artemis (photo below), on 30th July 2015.

Artemis came to the Sanctuary as he had a badly damaged eye which the vets have had to remove. Artemis will spend the next couple of weeks here recuperating before he is released back into the wild.
Artemis
Click here to watch a short video of the pups in the hospital´s swim/weaning pool on 12th July 2015.
Adopt a 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 and help to maintain the first class animal care at the Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary. Please click here for more details.
Latest Leaflet
The Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary´s latest leaflet for 2015 is available, Click here to download a printer-friendly pdf version.
Tyne´s Pup
Tyne´s pup likes to sleep often, he/she does this by floating in the water sometimes on it's back, visitors often get worried when they see the pup not moving and find members of the staff to check on the pup. Below is the latest photo of the pup.
Tyne's pup - photo taken on 12th July 2015
LEGO® City Explorer
Become a LEGO® City Explorer at The Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary this Summer between 1st June and 31st August 2015 and explore the secrets of the ocean.

The LEGO
® CITY Deep Sea Explorers have lost some of their equipment; can you help them find the missing pieces?

Here are a few of the visitor´s master pieces.
LEGO City Explorer
Seal Colony
We went to check out the local Seal Colony near Hunstanton, by booking a boat trip to view the seals with Searles Sea Tours on sand banks in the Wash!

We noticed that the Common Seals and Grey Seals shared the same sand bank.
Seal Colony
Click here or on the photo below to see a selection of pictures of the seal in the wild.
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Photo Opportunity
Here are three of the lovely ladies you might be greeted by on your arrival at the SEA LIFE Sanctuary.
Front of House ladies on reception
Paige and Joyce feeding the seals!
Paige and Joyce feeding the seals!
Mencap group enjoying a fabulous day out at the SEA LIFE Sanctuary and being greeted by Angela, the Front of House Manager.
Mencap group
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.

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.
Birthday Party

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.

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