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Cornish Seal Sanctuary

I recently visited the Cornish Seal Sanctuary. I visit zoos and similar places a lot, I love animals. But this place was really special. Situated in Gweek in the Cornish countryside, this beautiful setting sees a sanctuary which seeks to rescue and rehabilitate seals. Any sick or hurt seal pups found on the Cornish coasts get treated here.

I learnt a lot there, about dangers to seals and how important it is that places like this exist. Seals are lovely creatures and beautiful to watch but they face many dangers. These can include being abandoned as pups or getting caught in sea waste. Pieces of plastic floating in the sea pose a real threat to seals, remember that. If you live near the coast and ever see a seal pup that you are concerned about then contact the RSPCA or local animal rescue for advice and hopefully they will be able to help.

The work at the seal sanctuary is vital – they treat the injured, feed them, socialise them and seek to put them back into the sea where possible. If you are ever in Cornwall then do visit, they are also home to penguins, sea lions, otters and more. To find out more about their work, click here.

Here are some photos I took at the sanctuary a couple of days ago:

This seal recently had eye surgery and needs to be kept out of water to avoid infection.

Despite contraception efforts, two cheeky seals made this little pup who is currently being kept in the hospital to ween him onto fish.

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