SEA LIFE Sanctuaries

SEA LIFE Sanctuaries

As well as Aquariums, we also run 6 SEA LIFE Sanctuaries. In 1958, SEA LIFE opened its first Sanctuary in Cornwall (England) to rescue sick and injured seals. Since then, several more Sanctuaries have been established, including the Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary in Oban, and the Scarborough SEA LIFE Centre’s dedicated Seal Hospital.


In 1994 Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary (England) opened its doors and our first international Sanctuary was established in Blankenberge, Belgium in 1995. 2012 saw our most recent one open in Manly (Australia) dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of sea turtles.

Between the six facilities we now operate, we rescue, treat and release back to the wild were possible, more than 150 sick and injured seals and turtles every year. For those creatures too unwell to be returned to the wild, we provide them with a home.


Meet some of our residents below!


Boo is a common seal, he was abandoned by his mum at just a day old and now lives at the Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary in Oban.


Ray is a grey seal, he was rescued after being found pressed up against the side of a rock face during a bad storm. He now has a home at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.


Myrtle is a green sea turtle was the victim of a boat strike who now lives at Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary. She has weights placed on the bottom of her shell to help her balance in the water!


Babyface is a common seal and was rescued in 1978. He now lives at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.