Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Cornish Seal Sanctuary

I will begin this post with a slight disclaimer:

Due to an unexpected vehicle malfunction on our way to the Seal Sanctuary, we arrived dreadfully late and not in the best of moods. We rushed through it as quickly as we could. I am confident that I did not see enough or photograph enough to give it a thorough review. But half a loaf is better than none, as they say… so here we are.

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The sea lion above is named Andre and as you can see, he is quite vocal. During our visit to the sanctuary we were able to learn the difference between seals and sea lions. Sea lions are brown, bark loudly, “walk” on land using their large flippers and have visible ear flaps. Seals have small flippers, wriggle on their bellies on land, and lack visible ear flaps.

In addition to the sea lions like Andre, the Seal Sanctuary is also home to grey seals, common seals, Asian short clawed otters, and Humboldt penguins. The otters and the penguins were an absolute joy to watch but I was unable to get any really good pictures to share here.

If you time your visit right, you can catch a feed talk at the Sanctuary, at which time you will learn more about the animals while watching them get fed. Feed talks are held at multiple locations in the Sanctuary throughout the day. We caught the end of one of the feed walks, where this trio was really hamming it up for the visitors. I have no idea what they were saying, but they were saying a lot of it!

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They look like they’re singing, don’t they?

The Sanctuary had a lot of educational exhibits too, so we learned about important  topics like conservation, rescue & rehabilitation, and so on. My daughter loved the trip, even though it was shorter than we had intended it to be, and I would highly recommend it for families with school age children.

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is located in Gweek, Cornwall.  Postcode TR12 6UG; telephone  01326 221361.  The Seal Sanctuary is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with the exception of Christmas Day.  

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