Seal Sanctuary on Weather Watch...Again!

The UK coastline has been hit by storm after storm, there have been flood warnings all over the country and we´ve even seen seals washed up in people´s gardens, but apparently there´s still more to come!

www.stormsurf.com are predicting that Cornwall will be hit with waves that will be the largest recorded on the face of the Earth, at that time, with usual big wave spots such as Australia, Hawaii and Fiji falling short. For storm chasers and maverick surfers this is just another excuse to get a rush of adrenalin but for the beaches and seal pups found off the coast of Cornwall, this weather is just too much!
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Aurora The Cornish Seal Sanctuary has been inundated with pup call outs since the season began back in September, Tamara Cooper, Head of Animal Care says "while the actual number of seal pups we are looking after is on par with other years, the seals that are coming to site are in a lot worse condition; because of the battering waves and high tides. We´ve had a lot of broken jaws that we haven´t seen in previous years, so a lot more care is needed and a longer rehabilitation time."

Photo left of Aurora first pup rescued on 22nd September 2013
"These storms and weather warnings have had a huge knock on effect of when we can release our pups. Our aim is to rehabilitate all pups and get them back to their natural habitats as soon as we can. So far this year, we´ve only released 7 pups, and it´s all down to the weather!

More pups in the sanctuary at one time means more mouths to feed! Since the beginning of the pup season our fish costs have accumulated to just under £30,000!!"

Photo right by Dan Murphy
Seal release - photo by Dan Murphy
Feeding time in the convalescent pool Good news for the fishermen of Cornwall! John Musitano at Tasty Mac has been one of the suppliers this season; "we love using locally caught Mackerel and Herring, supporting our local fishermen, and our seals are very fussy eaters and only ever want the best, so we are very grateful to have so much choice and variety on our doorstep."

"And while the seal pups are being cared for well and are extremely happy in our pools, we can't wait for a break in the weather so we can start releasing them back to their homes."

Photo left - Feeding time in the convalescent pool


Press Release issued by the Cornish Seal Sanctuary
For all Media, Marketing & PR, please contact Lara Sword on 01326 221361
Issue Date: 5th February 2014

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