SUPPORT OUR ANIMALS
You can help support the well being of the amazing creatures here at The Cornish Seal Sanctuary by purchasing one of our animal adoptions.
Animal adoptions make the perfect present whatever the occasion!
An animal adoption includes:
- 2 free entries to the sanctuary
- 20% voucher for the Cafe or Gift shop
- Certificate of adoption
- Cornish Seal Sanctuary gift
- Photograph of your adopted animal
- Profile of your adopted animal
- Presentation folder
Resident Animal/Seal Pup - £40.00 (+ £4.40 postage if purchased online or over the phone)
Add a plaque to your Adoption Pack - Additional £50.00 (This will include your name and adopted animal and your plaque will be up at the Sanctuary for 5 years.)
To purchase an adoption, simply pick your animal from the list below or call on Sanctuary on 01326 221 361 to purchase your adoption.
Gifting an Adoption
Adopting a resident as a gift for a loved one? We'd like to help you avoid spoiling the surprise by ensuring the recipient doesn't open the post! Please email us at email@example.com to confirm the name you would like on the certificate, and the name and address you would like it sent to.
Meet our resident animals! Learn more about the animals we have here at the Sanctuary that you can support with your adoption.
You can help support our pup rehabilitation work by adopting one of our rescued seal pups! A pup adoption pack has all the information about our work, why a pup may need our help and how we rehabilitate and release over 70 pups each season. Your certificate can be tailored to have the name of your chosen pup that you may have met during a visit, and the money from your pack goes towards the care of our rescued casualties of the sea.
Ray was rescued from Widemouth bay 12th of October 2001, at approximately 3 weeks of age. He was malnourished and found at the top end of the beach, as far away from the water as possible, with his nose pressed up against the side of a rock face. When he first arrived at the sanctuary it was apparent that his behaviour and the shape of his head were a little different to other seals. It is thought he suffered trauma to this area as a pup, probably after being caught in a storm and knocked into some rocks.
His injuries mean he displays behaviour which is different from other seals. He is extremely friendly and playful, and even
has his own facebook page which is kept updated with all of his shenanigans: www.facebook.com/raytheseal
Aayla was rescued from Bacton, Norfolk in January 2017 and taken to a local rehabilitation centre. She was malnourished and had a small injury on her right flipper. After investigation by a vet, it was discovered that the wound was more serious than initially suspected. There was an infection in the bones so she had to have several removed to stop the infection spreading, so had to receive continuous care. Unable to stay in her previous home in Hunstanton, she was relocated to Gweek in July 2018 where she has found her permanent home.
Aayla enjoys playing with other seals around her age such as Willow, Jinx and Banana. They love to sneak up on and pester each other when sunbathing!
Atlanta was rescued in 2001 from Oban, Scotland. She was very small and her eyes had been damaged due to gull attacks, resulting in loss of vision. Atlanta’s injuries meant the team had to give her a lot of hands on care and as a result, she became extremely responsive. She understands when her name is called and has developed well with training.
Despite her vision issues, Atlanta has become an expert at stealing fish from pups who lodge with her in the convalescence pool during pup season!
Badger was rescued on the coast of Porthellick, Isles of Scilly in December 2014. At the time, he weighed just 17.5kg and was two weeks old. He had not yet had his first moult, but his coat was brown in colour rather than the standard white. It turned out this was because he is melanistic; meaning he has a high concentration of dark pigmentation in his skin. After moulting, he revealed a stunning jet-black coat with no colouration or mottling.
Badger is an incredible playful seal, full of energy. He lives with the rest of the male grey seals in the boy’s pool and has struck up a close friendship with Pumpkin who is closest in age to Badger and you can often see them playing.
Marlin was rescued in 2002 from Sennen Cove. He was tangled in fishing netting, which unfortunately is not uncommon for seals. Marlin was in the process of rehabilitation and set for release when it was noticed that he was losing weight and bumping into other seals and the side of the pool. After further investigation, it was discovered that he is completely blind. As there were no obvious injuries to his eyes, it is likely that he was born blind, so he was given a permanent home at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.
Marlin’s limited vision hasn’t stopped him from excelling at husbandry training, and he is a firm favourite with both staff and visitors.
Banana was rescued on 24th August 2018 from Trevellas Cove, Cornwall. She was around eight months old at the time and was malnourished with bite wounds to her flippers and parasitic pneumonia. She was released after getting better, however she was re-rescued at a later date due to difficulties and it became apparent she wouldn’t survive in the wild, so has become a resident here at the Sanctuary.
Banana is very lazy, likes to spend most of her time on the side sunbathing. She occasionally has a funny five minutes where she chases the other young seals around causing trouble, but feeding time is when she really perks up and starts leaping out of the water with excitement.
She is very playful and often wraps herself up in the hose when the team are trying to clean the pool!
Sheba was originally rescued as a pup in Cornwall in the mid-1970s. She had nasty infections in both eyes which left her partially sighted; a problem which is exacerbated in bright sunshine or during the annual moult, when stray fur can aggravate her eyes.
Sheba is very social and playful; enjoying spending time with the other seals in the pool. She also adores enrichment activities - especially ice blocks or playing with huge fronds of seaweed!
Willow was rescued from Donna Nook in 2014 after being separated from her mum. She was rehabilitated at Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary and was released back into the wild on 7th of November 2014.
Unfortunately, she was re-rescued on the 11th May 2015 by Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary. Willow was suffering from severe hair loss, lethargy and had lacerations on the left side of her body. Once again she started rehabilitation, but blood tests showed she was suffering from an under-active thyroid.
The vet prescribed treatment which proved very successful and she even managed to grow a new coat after moulting. However, as Willow will need this treatment for the rest of her life,she was permanently re-homed at Gweek on 5th November 2015.
She is very social and has formed strong bonds with Aayla and Banana, other female grey seals of a similar age.
Pumpkin was rescued from Guernsey in 2011. He had a persistent urine infection which was later revealed to be due to kidney stones. This might not sound so unusual, but it is believed that Pumpkin is one of the only seals in captivity in the world with kidney stones - it really is that rare! Due to his condition, Pumpkin will be on medication permanently and is unable to be released; he will remain under the care of staff at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.
Pumpkin is an incredibly popular seal, with both visitors and staff. However, due to being one of the youngest seals in his pool; his energy and mischievous behaviour can occasionally cause trouble amongst his pool mates. He loves his training, with a particular love for surfboards and his orange ring!
(Photo Credit - Ellie Smart)
Yulelogs was rescued as a pup in 1989, by a marine park in the north of England. When the park closed down, Yulelogs was released back into the wild. However, after such a long time in captivity, he had no idea how to feed himself and had become too used to humans.
Three months after his release, Yulelogs was rescued by the RSPCA after receiving calls from concerned members of the public saying he had been chasing people with buckets on the beach, believing they contained fish.
When he was rescued, Yulelogs only weighed 60kg instead of the standard 250kg. It was apparent he needed care, so the RSPCA asked the Cornish Seal Sanctuary if they would provide a permanent home for him.
He is enthusiastic and energetic, especially when it comes to husbandry training and environmental enrichment.
Babyface joined the Cornish Seal Sanctuary on 17th September, 2010 after spending 26 years at Colchester Zoo. He was living alone so he moved to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary to live with other common seals.
We think that Babyface might be a world record holder as he was born in 1978 and we suspect he might be the oldest common
seal in captivity! He currently shares his pool with his two sons, Bo and Buddy, and rescued common seal Jarvis.
Bo was born at the Sanctuary on 29th June 2013, potentially making his dad, Babyface, the oldest seal to father a pup in Europe.
Bo lives with his dad, Babyface, his younger brother Buddy, who was born a year later and rescued common seal Jarvis.
Buddy was born at the sanctuary on 13th July 2014, potentially making his dad, Babyface, the oldest seal to father a pup in Europe.
Buddy lives with his dad, Babyface, older brother, Bo, who was born the year before, and rescued common seal Jarvis.
All four boys are very sweet natured and friendly, however Buddy is always the first to come over and say hello.
Jarvis was rescued off the coast of Porthminster, Cornwall in September 2016. He was underweight and was blind in both eyes, meaning he would have to remain under the Seal Sanctuary’s care.
Jarvis lives with our other common seals; Babyface, Buddy and Bo, but he is especially close to our oldest common seal, Babyface.
He is quite shy however is becoming more confident. Jarvis is very clever and is advancing well with his training, often working alongside Babyface. He loves rubber dog toys and likes to throw them around!
Gilbert was born at Weymouth Sea Life Centre in July 2009 and re-homed at the Sanctuary with his brother Piran in 2010.
On arrival, he partnered up with a female penguin called Lola, and as penguins partner for life, they remain a couple.
Gilbert is a very bold penguin, normally running up to try and get fish before anyone else at feeding time. He is extremely greedy and really loves his food. He will happily push the other penguins out of the way to get to his food!
Lola arrived at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary on the 30th March 2010, from Weymouth sea life centre, along with her fellow penguins; Gilbert, Piran & Ivy. Gilbert and Lola have since become an item and became a confirmed pair after they laid their first egg.
Lola is incredibly playful when she isn’t busy nesting. She is very inquisitive and is often the first to investigate any new toys or enrichment.
Squidge was born at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in 2018 to his parents, Gilbert and Lola. Unfortunately, the couple spent so much time bickering over Squidge that they weren’t caring for him properly and despite much encouragement by the team, it was decided that he would have to be hand reared. The team worked around the clock and he was soon strong enough to move back in with the rest of the penguin colony, Squidge is very friendly and loves including mum and dad. cuddles and being taken out on walks and is very curious about new things.
Although he may be wary at first, he quickly gains confidence and loves to interact with the team and play with different
enrichment items such as balls, pebbles, the hose and the broom.
Squidge can often be seen relaxing with Waddles on the side of the pool, but also enjoys putting on a show at the windows for visitors and chasing them up and down through the glass.
Yoni arrived at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in November 2012 from Blankenberge in Belgium. She is discernible from the others as she can often be found in the pool chasing visitors at the windows.
Yoni has partnered up with Pine, a male from Weymouth, and she regularly puts up with his naughty behaviour.
Pine arrived at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary on 27th September 2012 from the Weymouth Sea Life Centre and was reunited
with fellow penguins Ivy, Lola and Piran, who had also come from Weymouth.
Yoni and Pine are very playful and adore the bubble enrichment – chasing bubbles blown around their pool.
Ivy arrived at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary on the 30th March 2010. She was born at Weymouth Sea Life Centre in 2004 and transferred to the Sanctuary 6 years later. Ivy is definitely the boss of the group! She is a very sweet penguin and can be shy around the animal care team, however she is extremely feisty when nesting.
Her partner within the group is Piran, despite him being several years younger than her!
Piran arrived at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary on 30th March 2010, from Weymouth sea life centre, with his brother Gilbert and two
females Ivy and Lola. Despite being two years her junior, Piran has paired with Ivy. Humboldt penguins are monogamous, so the pair will likely be together for life. As well as pairing with Ivy, he has also struck up a close friendship with another male penguin,
Waddles arrived at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in December 2015, from the Isle of Wight. Waddles has a very big appetite and, unlike his fellow penguins, is not a fussy eater; he will even pick up fish the others have thrown on the floor.
Waddles tends to be a little shy and will often hang back at feeding time, however he is very good at catching fish, so the animal care team can throw fish over to him.
Jinx was rescued 21st April 2017 from Godrevy, Cornwall. She was dehydrated, malnourished and was displaying signs
of anaemia. When she first arrived at the Sanctuary, Jinx had a difficult time, suffering periods of anemia and an upset stomach. Tests revealed nothing, so Jinx had to be kept on her own to prevent her from possibly infecting any other seals here at the Sanctuary, whilst the team continued to treat her ailment.
After lots of investigation, vets found that steroids seemed to calm her condition, which is thought to be similar to irritable bowel syndrome in humans. Without the steroids, Jinx would become sick again, so the team decided to offer her a forever home.
Thankfully, she has been able to join all the other seals in the convalescence pool and enjoys playing with the rehabbing seal pups in the winter months. She
quickly learnt her own name and will come straight over to the team for her medicated fish.
Diego was born in a marine park in Valencia, Spain on 1st July 2005 and joined the sanctuary family in March 2009 with his brother Noito.
Diego is quite clumsy and gets embarrassed if he trips up - he has made it clear that he definitely doesn't like being laughed at! With lots of reassurance though he is building confidence and is a very loveable sea lion.
On sunny days he loves the rocks on the beach haul out where he blissfully bask the afternoon away, and his favourite treat is conga eel.
Noito moved to the Sanctuary in March 2009 with his brother, Diego. You can tell the two apart as Noito has an orange mane and top lip - he has also has slightly longer whiskers!
Noito is a big softie, although he can be a little cheeky. He is great at his training and loves enrichment - one of his favourite things to do is play with feed balls tied to the roof and try to get all the fish out before his brother.