News Update - Winter 2019/20

Rescued Seal Pups
Jon Bon Jovi is one of the last remaining Common Seal pup-stars of the Summer 2019 season at the Sanctuary that needs help to get home in time for Christmas. A few weeks before Christmas, the staff issued a press release asking members of the public can they help to provide a boat to help with the release? The Animal Care Team wasn´t sure whether Santa could fit one in his sleigh!

The reason why the staff needed your help was because Jon Bon Jovi is photophobic - he is scared of the lights. At 35kgs he was ready to be released but here at SEA LIFE Hunstanton would like to help him one last time : taking him straight to the seal colony. The dark, murky water of the sea would provide the perfect environmental conditions for his photophobia, and would give him more opportunities to get away from bright light.

As you look at these photos below of Jon Bon Jovi you can see his peculiarity - the red eyes are a key characteristic of his condition.
Jon Bon Jovi Jon Bon Jovi
The question of his level of sight was raised upon his arrival but Jon Bon Jovi was given a chance to recover as partially sighted seals have been successfully rehabilitated in previous years and besides missing some pigmentation, he is a healthy seal. Click here to read more.

Jon Bon Jovi along with his friends, Beyonce, Boy George, Bruce, Cher, Gwen, Kylie, Lady Gaga, and Meat Loaf, were released back into the wild. Good Luck little ones.
As the Animal Care Team waved goodbye to the remaining Common Seal Pups for 2019 so the Grey Seal Pups have started arriving on New Year´s Eve.

This 3-4 weeks old male grey seal pup, Sleepy, was rescued on 31st December 2019 from Heacham South beach. At 9kgs he is very underweight having failed to thrive after separating from his mum. This photo below left was taken soon after he arrived in the hospital. Photo below right was taken on 17th January 2020.
On 17th January 2020 this cute 2 weeks old seal pup was found by a member of the public in the Holmes dunes, taking shelter underneath a tree. He still had his whitecoat which means he is very young and would still be dependent on mum.

He was covered in sand and upon arrival the animal care team spotted that he had a sore eye which as you can see is very cloudy. The Animal Care Team are unsure what could have caused this but he is receiving treatment. Although this pup is young and a bit poorly, he is still full of energy and likes to shout! This pup has been named "Doc".

For first few days he spent in the hospital, Doc was taken every 4 hours to a specialist nebulising tent to help him with his pneumonia. He spent about 20 minutes in the tent. The Animal Care Team are working hard to make him feel better.
Have you worked out what the Animal Care Team naming theme is for the Rescued Grey Seal Pups this season..."Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs".

Doc and Sleepy have completed their rehabilitation and were released back into the wild on 16th March 2020.

Plastic Bottles Left on our Beaches
Too many people leave rubbish behind on the beach when they visit during the summer months, this is washed away in to the sea joining the millions of plastic items found around our coast.

Later in the year when the seal pups are born they can be surrounded by plastic pollution including bottles, it is on the beach and in the sea and will cause harm to all marine life.
Plastic Bottles left on Beaches Plastic Bottles left on Beaches
You can help our oceans and our wildlife by disposing of your rubbish properly and recycling correctly. Try to reduce, reuse and then recycle and consider your purchases. Join in with a beach, town, river or roadside clean - it is important we try and remove litter from all habitats, not just our oceans. SEA LIFE Sanctuary´s staff regularly have beach cleans.

Photo Gallery
Click here or on the photo of your choice below to see a larger version of the image.
Lumpsucker Lora
Ernie Jemma feeding one of the Inca Terns
Summer and Twix - Otters Humboldt Penguins
Fish Feeder Clown Fish
Tyne Seal Vets

Grey Seal Pupping Season!
The grey seals pups season is normally between October and March, if you are visiting the coast around Norfolk, you may well see newborn pups, can we remind you that the pups may look cute, but they have sharp teeth that carry harmful bacterial.
White pup on beach with mum White pup on beach with mum
They can also be easily disturbed and lose their mum, so please keep your distance and help look after our wonderful marine life!

If you find a Seal in the Wild
For 30 years Hunstanton SEA LIFE has been rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing pups from the coastline and beyond that find themselves in trouble, whether it be eye problems, respiratory infections and malnourishment to broken bones, pollution-related problems and being separated from their mother too soon.

A quick reminder that if you discover a seal pup that is in distress or alone, Please call the Hunstanton SEA LIFE on 01485 533576.

DO keep your distance;
DON´T attempt to handle or touch the pup;
DON´T attempt to put the pup back in the sea;
DON´T ignore the situation;
DO tell the appropriate organisation.
Seals in the wild Young Seal being rescued
When you ring an appropriate organisation, please be prepared to give an exact location of the seal, your contact details, what condition is the seal in for example is it alone, thin, injured or seems unwell (noisy breathing, coughing, runny nose). Tell people around you to keep clear of the seal by at least 50 metres, if you can, draw a circle in the sand around the pup.

Remember most often seals come out of the water on to land to rest, digest after eating their food, relax and sleep.

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.

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 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
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 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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