News Update - August/September 2008

Residents Seals and Rescued Seal Pups
It has been an eventful summer so far here at the Seal Sanctuary.

All our resident seals are doing well. They enjoyed lots of treats in the last couple of days including some homemade ″herring ice lollies″.

The common seal pups are doing well and all of them apart from Albert have recently been moved into the big outdoor seal pool.
Pop, Floss and Corn in the outside pool
Floss is now two months old and loves being together with the others in the main pool. She has put on weight and gained a lot of confidence since she first arrived. Her diet consists of herring and her current weight is 20kg. Like all our seal pups, she has been tagged and her flipper tag number is 01.
Seal Pups in the outside pool Pop or Spot as everybody calls him, has also moved into the outdoor pool and currently weighs 25kg. He is now two months old and his flipper tag number is 03.

Corn enjoys being in the main pool just as much as the rest of the group. He enjoys lying in the sun until he looks all fluffy. Corn has been a brave little fighter and just recently recovered from pneumonia, an infection of the lungs. He now weighs 20kg and his flipper tag number is 02.
Our youngest pup, Albert (right), still lives in the indoor pup pool, but will be moving into the main pool in some point next week. Albert was found on the 8th August 2008 on Holkham beach being only a couple of weeks old. Sadly he had some bite marks to his face and rear flippers, these may have been caused by a dog or another seal. We put him on antibiotics and fluid as soon as he arrived in the hospital. He doing very well now and all his wounds have healed. He currently weighs 17kg and his flipper tag number is 04.Albert inside the hospital pool
Our Otter Otters

Boys being Boys...Our Otters have been busy entertaining our visitors with their play fights and their wild races across the enclosure. Otto and his brothers kept themselves cool throughout the summer heat by taking regular dive sessions in their own little pool. Often we could see them playing with stones and their toy Frisbee in the water.
Earlier this month, our Animal Care Team tidied the Otters; enclosure and removed overgrowing bushes and weeds. The otters now have more space to play in.

Aquarium

New Residents in the Shark Lagoon - Earlier this month, we celebrated the arrival of a new shark at the sanctuary. After a long journey from Dorset to Norfolk, a young Bonnet Head Shark had arrived at the sanctuary and was welcomed by a huge crowd of visitors all eager to see how he would go into our Ocean Tank Display. Our Animal Care Team had driven to Weymouth in Dorset to pick the young shark up and transport him back to Hunstanton.
Once they had arrived back at the sanctuary, it only took a little while to prepare the water temperature in the transport tank for the little Bonnet Head Shark (right) to move into his new home. He was carefully placed into a stretcher and then carried quickly through to the hatch beside the tank where he was hauled up into the air and carefully slipped into the top of the tank.a young Bonnet Head Shark
This time we rescued a young Black Tip Reef Shark which had been ordered by mistake from an Aquatics Shop in Essex. Unfortunately the shop couldn´t provide an adequate tank for the shark so we came to rescue and offered to give the black tip a new home.
Boris, Black Tip Reef Shark Boris (left) as he was christened quickly settled in and started exploring his new home. Some of the older sharks came over and had a nosy look at the ″new kid in town″ but soon decided that he is part of the group and didn´t give him any hassle. The whole sanctuary team was relieved when Boris started to eat after a couple of days and seemed to have settled well.
The whole journey was followed by the popular BBC TV Show Animal 24/7; the footage will be broadcasted in February 2009. Click here to read the press release.    Both Sharks have settled very well with the rest of the group.

Penguins

A new coat for Arnold (right)...It´s that time of the year where our Penguins start moulting and change into a new set of feathers. Whilst being in the process of doing so, they tend to look very scruffy. Well, a bit like they have been through the tumble dryer. During this time Penguins get a bit grumpy and you do hear them growling at each other.
Arnold
They also tend to eat less. However, they made it and are now looking very smart in their new coats.

Did you know...
If you have any photos of your visit to the Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary that you would like to submit to the gallery, please email them to us. To view our Visitor´s Photos Gallery Click here.
Our latest leaflet for this year is now available to download from the visitor´s information page.

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