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Issue 76
May 2013


Seal Pups Released
Members of the Animal Care Team weighed all the rescued pups in the convalescent and nursery pools to find out which ones were roughly at the correct weight (which is about 40kgs) to be released back into the wild.

The first batch of seal pups to go home on the morning of 16th May 2013 at Gwithian beach were Biffy Clyro, Queen, Bob Marley, Shirley Bassey, Tina Turner and Slash. They were released back into the wild at Gwithian.

Click here to see a selection of photos taken of the Seal Release.

Click here to watch a short video of the seal release which was filmed by Tamara Cooper.
Seal Release on 16th May 2013
The next seal pup to be released was Dizzy on 24th May 2013 from the beach at Dollar Cove (Gunwalloe) which is just down the road from the Seal Sanctuary.

Click here to see a selection of photos taken of Dizzy.
On Thursday 30th of May 2013 saw the release of Fiona Bruce, Arnold, Elvis, Mick Jagger and Travis at Gwithian beach. On the beach there were a large crowd of people waiting to wish the seal pups well with their return to the wild.

If you would like to see a great selection of photos that make you feel you were there during the release, these were taken by one of the volunteers Kelly Astley at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary and Wildlife Photographer Simon Bone, then Click here or on the photo below.
Seal Release
Seal Pups Rescued
This leaves rescued seal pups Buster, Kayah, Celine Dion, Adele, Iggy, Frank, Schubert and Axel Rose to put on a few more pounds at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary before being released back to the wild.
Timmy Time
Trevor, the General Manager for the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, welcomed "Timmy", a Star of CBeebies, to the centre on 25th May 2013. Timmy was at the Sanctuary between 25th May to 2nd June 2013, hope you had a chance to meet him.

Click here to see a larger photo of below. Click here to see who are Timmy's biggest fans at the Sanctuary!
Trevor with the Star of CBeebies Timmy
Sanctuary celebrates 55 years of seal rescues 1958 - 2013
This year the Sanctuary celebrates 55 years of seal rescues (1958 - 2013).

Since 1958 the Seal Sanctuary has rescued many creatures each year, they are rehabilitated and where possible released back into the wild.
This time we look back to the early 1990s, The Cornish Seal Sanctuary had been looking for a partner for Rocky, a blind Californian Sea Lion, for some time and after one of Sanctuary´s American visitors, who had heard about Rocky during one of the feed talks, had contacted New England Aquarium, an ideal partner was found.

Pepper was in an Aquarium in Cape Cod which had closed down and she was looking for a new home.  Click here to read the wonderful story about when Rocky met Pepper.
Sanctuary celebrates 55 years of seal rescues 1958 - 2013
Please click here or on a picture of your choice below to see
a larger photo.
Aquarium in Cape Cod near Boston in the USA Pepper in the cargo terminal at Heathrow airport When Rocky met Pepper When Rocky met Pepper When Rocky met Pepper
Post Monitoring Release - How Can You Help?
The Sanctuary not only relies on the public to spot injured or abandoned seals but to help with the post monitoring release. If you are out and about the Cornish coastline and you spot a seal, it may be a seal they have released in the past, the Sanctuary would like to know about any of these seals, they need to know it´s location (where you saw the seal), the colour of the tag (each rescue season they use a different colour tag, this year is red tags), the date you saw the seal and the behaviour of the seal.
Please send the details to the Seal Sanctuary via this email address and also to Sue Sayer of the Cornish Seal Group.

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