Sophie our newest resident
An old grey seal christened Sophie got the best Christmas present of all........... a ready made home with six brand new friends!

She has been re-united with others of her type here at the National Seal Sanctuary, after spending ten years on her own on the Isle of Wight.

The seal had been a popular resident at Yafford Mill tourist attraction, Newport for the past twenty-five years with ten of those spent alone after mate Bosun passed away.

But when owners decided to close, the National Seal Sanctuary stepped in and offered her a new home.
A team led by Animal Care Team Supervisor Ellen Preston made the five hundred mile round trip to the Isle of Wight to collect Sophie on Wednesday 13th of December 2000. They were aided in the trip with free transport across the Solent courtsey of Wightlink´s Yarmouth to Lymington ferry service.

On arrival at the Sanctuary, she spent a number of days on her own in a nursery pool to recover from the journey and once again become familiar with other seals. Sophie joined resident adult females Honey, Anneka, Paula, Twiggy, Sheba and Fatima plus 12 of this season´s rescued pups in the Sanctuary´s large convalescence pool.