Seals in the Wild
 
S104 Smile Ring Neck
Jill and Paul Longhurst from Essex were on holiday in Cornwall in July 2017 and came across this seal in a cove along the Atlantic coastline. They were excited to see seals in the wild after their visit to the Seal Sanctuary a few days before.

Jill emailed this photo to us and asked if we could forward this onto Sue Sayer of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust as Jill had read one of our news updates about spotting seals in the wild. Jill hoped that Sue could ID this seal.

Sue said "chuffed to bits getting Jill´s photo. Many thanks for sharing. We have known this seal for a long time! She is an entangled net seal. We named her ′S104 Smile Ring Neck′."

This seal has been seen in the wild 84 times since October 2003, she is at least 17 years old.


The Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust are always looking for people to send in their photos so they can be matched with known seals on their database. They already have confirmed matches of seals first identified in Cornwall going to Ireland, Wales, Scillies and Northern France all through photos people have sent in. Sue Sayer, founder of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust, is great seal spotter.

To learn more about Sue Sayer´s great work, Sue has written a book called ´Seal Secrets´ which was published on 20th March 2012. It can be ordered from local bookshops or from Amazon

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