News Update June 2013
Seal Pup Released
Boris, who arrived at the seal hospital on 4th April 2013, had really done well during his rehabilitation and weighed 50kg when the Animal Care team decided it was time for Boris to be returned back to the wild on 10th June 2013.

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Click here to watch a short video of Boris being released back into the wild.
Boris released back into the wild on 10th June 2013
Rescued Seal Pups
After waving Boris goodbye on 10th June...Kirsty, Hollie, Jo and Kieran thought they would have a few days or even weeks of undisturbed sleep, no sick or injured common seal pups needing care 24 hours around the clock with night feeds every 4 hours!

It is not just seals that the team can get calls about, Staff from the Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary were called out to a Minky Whale at Gorleston on one night in June, but no calls about seals.

Of course this was not going to last and on the 19th June while Keith was walking his dog on Heacham South Beach in the morning he stumbled across a little seal alone on the beach. The tide was right out and mum was nowhere to be seen so he contacted the animal care team by the only method he had - Facebook! He sent his friend and Animal Care Supervisor Kieran a message at 7am that morning and luckily for Keith, Kieran was awake and had his phone by his bed!
A seal pup on the beach
Upon finding the message the seal rescue team was assembled and they headed for the beach! Deploying staff at three points along the beach the rescue team quickly found the seal, she was well hydrated but had been separated from her mum and would not survive on her own so they rescued her and brought her in to the hospital.

After assessing her, the animal care team arranged for a visit from a local vet who confirmed that she is a healthy pup just in need of a surrogate mum or two! She weighed 10kgs which is a good weight for a new-born seal of one day old.

During her first day at the seal hospital, she was given some fluids and by the next day, she was started on a special fish-soup mixture. The pup has been named Robin. Photo below of Robin was taken in her pen on 22nd June 2013.

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Robin pup in hospital
The Sanctuary received a call late in the afternoon of 22nd June 2013 from Stewart, a member of the public, who found a seal pup in the rocks at Old Hunstanton Lighthouse.

The staff are very grateful to Stewart and his partner for staying with the pup until the team arrived, and then helping them by leading the team to where she was stuck in the rocks.
Seal pup struck amongst the rocks
The pup was only 3 days old and the Animal Care Team believe that she was separated from her mum by the tide and then got trapped in the rocks. She seemed quite poorly when Hollie, Kirsty, Jo and Amy (members of the Animal Care Team) found her and her eyes were scratched by the rocks, so the team acted quickly and rescued the pup and took her back to the seal hospital!

She has been given a thorough check-over and the rehabilitation process began to heal her eyes and fatten her up as she only weighed 10.9kgs.

The Animal Care Team is working very hard to fatten her up and rehydrate her so that she has the best chance of recovery. For a day or so the team had the pup on a drip to give her fluids so that she felt better and they are currently using medication to heal her eyes. This pup has been named Daredevil.

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A seal pup on the beach
This season´s theme for the rescued pup names is "Superheros".

At the time of writing this news update for June 2013, there are 4 new rescued seal pups in the hospital as of 26th June, we will give the pups a few days to settle in before we tell you all about them on the rescue page.
Adopt an Animal
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 creature and help to maintain first class animal care at the Hunstanton
SEA LIFE Sanctuary.   Please click here, send an email or call 01485 533576 for more details.
The Octonauts
Kwazii and Peso, the Octonauts, visited the Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary between 15th and 23rd June 2013.

Young fans of the TV show were excited to meet Kwazii and Peso, who are part of the team of undersea adventure heros from CBeebies.

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The Octonauts
Unfortunately there will be no pitter-patter of tiny feet for Ellie and her partner Beau, as the egg was not fertile.

Throughout May, they both took in turns to keep the egg warm in their nesting box for the 40 days incubation period.

Photo below (l-r) is of Harvey, Charlie and Jess.
Harvey, Charlie and Jess
Yorkie, Smartie, Skittle and Twix and their mum Summer, keeping a watchful eye out for members of the animal care team just in case it was feeding time. Click here to see a larger photo of this.
Resident Seals
Miley and Pendle love their orange rubber ring and can be seen taking in turns to play with this for most of the day.
Baby Brown Band Bamboo Shark named Bambi was hatched at the SEA LIFE Sanctuary on the 7th April 2013 is doing really well.
Baby Bamboo Shark
Photo below is of Joan, the Common Octopus. Did you know that Octopus are experts at Hide and Seek! They can change the colour and texture of their skin and squash into a hole the size of a coin!

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Common Octopus
Caimen Crocodiles
Three yellow bellied Terrapins have joined the Caimen Crocodiles. At first when the Terrapins arrived, like all new things, Jabuti, Kacheri and Wanadi were not too keen on them.

The Crocodiles have started to be more friendly with them. We must say the Crocs seemed to be more active in their enclosure.
new residents
As Featured On TV
Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary was featured on ITV´s Nature´s newborns on Tuesday 18th June 2013. If you missed it, click here to watch.
Save Money on 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 Money.

Plus you can also purchase SEA LIFE Annual Passes and Merlin Annual Passes.

When you click here, it will take you through to Merlin Entertainments´ official Hunstanton
SEA LIFE Sanctuary website for the Best Price Guarantee.
If You Discover a Seal Pup in the Wild!
The animal care team is 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.
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.
Seal Pup on Beach Call the
01485 533576
contact your nearest RSPCA officer.
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