Pup Season at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Pup Season at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary provides a lifeline for stray, sick and injured seal pups which have been discovered around the Cornwall coast.

Pup season for grey seals is September to February and the Sanctuary rescues 60+ pups every year. A pup may need rescuing for many reasons; from malnourishment after being separated from its mum, to more extensive injuries that require medical attention.

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary has a busy seal rescue and rehabilitation programme in place to help injured and abandoned seal pups found along the West Coast of Britain. The sanctuary rescues seal pups in distress, brings them to the Seal Rescue Centre for treatment then releases them back into the wild, and without this help, many seals would die or be left too unwell to survive.

The team at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary work around the clock with young seal pups who need to be fed every 4 hours. As it costs over £1,500 to rescue, rehabilitate and release 1 seal pup, we carry out as much fundraising as we can to ensure we can continue our valuable work, and purchasing an adoption pack goes towards these costs.

RESCUE: Every year we rescue lots of sick, injured or abandoned grey seal pups from the Cornish Coast. We get calls from the public telling us they have found a pup on the beach; we will then go out to see if the pup needs rescuing.

REHABILITATION: If the pup needs rescuing, we will bring it to the sanctuary and nurse it back to health. We carry out a full clinical assessment on the pup and then give any medication it requires and tend to any injuries.

ROAD TO RECOVERY: As well as nursing the pups back to health, we also have to build their weight up with lots of fish! Once they are eating well, they will then go outside to the Nurseries and then the Convalescence pool to build up social skills and to practice competing for their food with our resident adults.

RELEASE: Once the pups have reached a healthy weight and are feeding and competing well with each other and are happy, plump and healthy, we release them back to the Wild. All of our pups are tagged on their rear flippers, so if you ever see a seal with a little coloured tag, then give us a call.

Did you know?

Scent is really important to grey seals. They will sometimes greet each other by sniffing and mothers also identify their pups by smelling them. They are also one of the few animals that are able to smell underwater!

Come and meet our Pups!

Come and meet our rescued seal pups at Cornwall's only Seal Rescue Hospital. Hear their individual rescue stories and learn all about the importance of protecting these amazing creatures.

WOW fact

 Each grey seal has a unique pattern in its fur which remains the same for their entire life.

Did you know?

Scent is really important to grey seals. They will sometimes greet each other by sniffing and mothers also identify their pups by smelling them. They are also one of the few animals that are able to smell underwater!

Did you know?

Scent is really important to grey seals. They will sometimes greet each other by sniffing and mothers also identify their pups by smelling them. They are also one of the few animals that are able to smell underwater!

Come and meet our Pups!

Come and meet our rescued seal pups at Cornwall's only Seal Rescue Hospital. Hear their individual rescue stories and learn all about the importance of protecting these amazing creatures.

Come and meet our Pups!

Come and meet our rescued seal pups at Cornwall's only Seal Rescue Hospital. Hear their individual rescue stories and learn all about the importance of protecting these amazing creatures.

WOW fact

 Each grey seal has a unique pattern in its fur which remains the same for their entire life.

WOW fact

 Each grey seal has a unique pattern in its fur which remains the same for their entire life.