The Fabulous Cornish Seal Sanctuary

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This week I am at the wonderful Cornish Seal Sanctuary, set in the picturesque Helford Estuary, by the beautiful village of Gweek in Cornwall. The Seal Sanctuary is a rescue, rehabilitation, and release centre for seals, and most seasons they rescue over 50 pups

It started in the winter of 1958 when a baby seal, only a few hours old, was washed up on the beach at St Agnes. Ken Jones lived with his wife Mary just one hundred yards from the beach, he picked up the pup and took it back to his small garden. For many years he ran a rescue centre for seals and oiled birds, with just one pool, at St Agnes. The news of his work with seals spread, and he received more and more calls about injured seals. Ken realised he needed more room, as the single pool at St Agnes was just not big enough. Ken had to find a larger site to build a permanent rescue centre and was offered land by the beautiful river Helford in Gweek.

The Sanctuary moved to Gweek in 1975, and Ken slowly built up the size, and number of pools, so he could care for the increasing number of seals that were being rescued around the Cornish coast. Today there are nursery pools, convalescent and resident pools, as well as a specially designed hospital. The Sanctuary has rescued many seals over the years, and most are well enough to be released back into the wild after treatment, but some seals, for various reasons, would not survive back in the wild, so they have them as guests. In addition to the grey seals, common seals, Californian and Patagonian sea lions, the sanctuary provides haven to a variety of other animals such as otters, penguins, sheep, ponies and goats.

Occasionally the Sanctuary┬┤s facilities and expertise are called upon to aid in the rescue of other marine creatures such as dolphins and turtles.

If you are in Cornwall, please do visit this wonderful place. We were totally enchanted by it. You can visit their website here http://http://www.sealsanctuary.co.uk/introg.html

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