News Update - Spring 2019

Miley moves to Birmingham
On 11th April 2019, Miley along with another adult common seal, Boo, moved to the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham. They are in the centre´s brand new Mammal Rescue Facility where they will be cared for by the specialist welfare team.

The pair are being fostered from Hunstanton and Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuaries respectively.
Miley and Boo
Boo The newly engineered environment at Birmingham Sea Life Centre has been carefully constructed to emulate a natural ocean habitat. It has multiple touch points and observation decks from land and sea. The live working rescue facility will serve a dual purpose to become a tactile viewing encounter where visitors can become immersed in the lives of these incredible creatures.

Photo left: Boo

If you visit this centre go and say hello to Miley, she is larger than Boo.

Click here to see a selection of photos on our Fliker page of Miley and Boo at Birmingham Sea Life Centre.

Photo right: Miley
Miley at Birmingham Sea Life Centre

Humboldt Penguins
Penguins The young Humboldt Penguins, Fluffy, Beaker, Indigo, Luna, Mahogany, Pip, Pumpkin and Tommy, have been moved to a temporary home at Blankenberge Sea Life park in Belgium until their permanent home at the Sea Life Centre Porto, Portugal, is ready in a couple months´ time.
Rescued Seal Pups for 2019
Jonny, female grey seal pup, was rescued on 20th February 2019.

She had some nasty cuts which have become infected; the staff think she may have had a fight with another larger seal or even a dog.

Jonny had received treatment for her wounds and is doing well, although a little stubborn, within a few days, she started to get her appetite back.
Salem, male grey seal pup, was rescued on 20th February 2019. He has personality by the bucketful and a feisty little bite on him to match. Salem was found lethargic on the beach and quite floppy.

Whilst hauling out on the beach and resting is quite common for seals and not a sign for concern, he displayed signs of dehydration and malnourishment.
Jonny Salem
Merlin, male grey seal pup, was rescued on 15th March 2019. He had a nasty wound on his back flipper, which could be a bite from a larger seal.

This was causing him to feel very sore and grumpy!

Merlin was rescued from Mundesley, where a team of volunteers realised that his wound needed treatment to avoid becoming infected.
Lassie, female grey seal pup, was rescued on 19th March 2019. She was observed hauling out on a beach overnight, completely normal seal behaviour, however, volunteers noticed her breathing wasn´t as effortless as the Animal Care Team would like.

After bringing her in for closer inspection, Lassie was treated for lung worm and a possible chest infection.
Merlin Lassie
Seamus was rescued from Filey in North Yorkshire on 10th April 2019 and transported to Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary as nearby seal rescue facilities were all full. At only 19kgs he is very small for his age (4-5 months old) and should be nearly double this by now.

Seamus also has a nasty case of seal pox and is feeling a little worse for wear.
Jonny, Lassie, Merlin, Seamus, Salem will be returned back in to the wild in the coming months once they have completed their rehabilitation.

Someone wants more fish!
Seamus Jonny

Photo Gallery
We hope you enjoy the selection of photos taken during Spring 2019, click here or on the photo of your choice below to see a larger version of the image.
Sally, Resident Common Seal Ants
Jemma feeding the penguins Playground
Inca Terns Inca Terns
Clown Fish Macey, Common Seal
This is Dangermouse (black / purple / black ID tag) Humboldt Penguin Blue Poison Dart Frog
Ray Become a Jawsome Rangers, help Professor Finn
Asian Short-clawed Otter Asian Short-clawed Otter
Madagascar hissing cockroach Black tip reef shark

If you find a Seal in the Wild
Seals 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.

Please...DO keep your distance; Do Not attempt to handle the pup; Do Not attempt to put the pup in the sea; Do Not ignore the situation;

Please call the Hunstanton SEA LIFE 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.
Treating a seal pup

What to do if you find a dead seal on beach!

If you come across a dead seal, the advice is not to touch or go near it, please call
West Norfolk council on 01553 616200.

If you find a stranded living seal, please call the SEA LIFE Sanctuary on 01485 533576.

Guide Book for 2018 Souvenir Guide Books

Here are the front covers of the
Sanctuary´s Guide book.

If during your next visit you purchase a copy,
the profits go towards the care of the
rescued seal pups in the hospital.

Towels Always
Events for
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. Click here for more details.
Animal Care Team would like to Thank everyone for donating their towels to help with the seal pups.

If anyone has any spare towels, please drop them into the reception at the Sanctuary. Thank You so much.
Click here to view the Fortcoming Events.


Click here to download a printer friendly pdf version of the Sanctuary´s latest leaflet.
Animal Adoptions Towels Wanted Latest leaflet for 2019

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 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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