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Convalescence Pool
Otter Creek
Underwater Viewing
Penguin Beach
Southern Sea Lions
Seal Hospital
Pirate Play Area
Rockpool
Breed Rescue Protect

Convalescence Pool

Visit our main Convalesence Pool and meet our resident Grey Seals. Each of our resident Grey Seals carry their own unique story for living here at the Sanctuary, make sure you attend the Seal talk to find out them all. During Pup Season, our rescued grey seal pups will also live in this Pool as part of their final stage of rehabilitation, where they learn how to fight for their fish and how to interact with Adult Grey Seals to help them when they are released back into the wild!

WOW FACT!

Asian Short-Clawed Otters have two layers of fur; a short, dense layer which traps air and insulates, and a longer, silky layer which is waterproof.

DOUBLE TROUBLE

Outside you can get up close and personal with our resident Asian Short Clawed Otters, Apricot and Harris. Watch as they splash about in their Otter River and snack on their favourite treats - Peanuts!

Feeding Fun!

Don't miss feeding time with our Otter Pair, head to Otter Creek to see these comical residents up close during their feeding time!

 

WOW FACT!

Asian Short-Clawed Otters have two layers of fur; a short, dense layer which traps air and insulates, and a longer, silky layer which is waterproof.

WOW FACT!

Asian Short-Clawed Otters have two layers of fur; a short, dense layer which traps air and insulates, and a longer, silky layer which is waterproof.

DOUBLE TROUBLE

Outside you can get up close and personal with our resident Asian Short Clawed Otters, Apricot and Harris. Watch as they splash about in their Otter River and snack on their favourite treats - Peanuts!

DOUBLE TROUBLE

Outside you can get up close and personal with our resident Asian Short Clawed Otters, Apricot and Harris. Watch as they splash about in their Otter River and snack on their favourite treats - Peanuts!

Feeding Fun!

Don't miss feeding time with our Otter Pair, head to Otter Creek to see these comical residents up close during their feeding time!

 

Feeding Fun!

Don't miss feeding time with our Otter Pair, head to Otter Creek to see these comical residents up close during their feeding time!

 

Underwater Viewing Areas

Get up close to our fantastic creatures with our underwater viewing areas! We have three incredible underwater viewing areas located in our Southern Sea Lion Pool, our Seal Rescue Centre and at Penguin Beach.

Discover something amazing!

Did you know?

Humboldt penguins blush to keep cool. They can flush extra blood to the pinkie patches of skin either side of their beaks to help them cool down.

Meet our comical Humboldt Penguins on Penguin Beach at The Cornish Seal Sanctuary. Find out about the threats they face in the wild and what you can do to help!Can you tell who is who? Check the chart in the upstairs viewing area at the Penguin Beach to find out!

WOW FACT!

Humboldt Penguins are named after the Humboldt River they are native too, located in Peru. Many people find it hard to believe that these penguins love sunshine and warm weather!

Did you know?

Humboldt penguins blush to keep cool. They can flush extra blood to the pinkie patches of skin either side of their beaks to help them cool down.

Did you know?

Humboldt penguins blush to keep cool. They can flush extra blood to the pinkie patches of skin either side of their beaks to help them cool down.

Meet our comical Humboldt Penguins on Penguin Beach at The Cornish Seal Sanctuary. Find out about the threats they face in the wild and what you can do to help!Can you tell who is who? Check the chart in the upstairs viewing area at the Penguin Beach to find out!

Meet our comical Humboldt Penguins on Penguin Beach at The Cornish Seal Sanctuary. Find out about the threats they face in the wild and what you can do to help!Can you tell who is who? Check the chart in the upstairs viewing area at the Penguin Beach to find out!

WOW FACT!

Humboldt Penguins are named after the Humboldt River they are native too, located in Peru. Many people find it hard to believe that these penguins love sunshine and warm weather!

WOW FACT!

Humboldt Penguins are named after the Humboldt River they are native too, located in Peru. Many people find it hard to believe that these penguins love sunshine and warm weather!

Southern Sea Lions

Meet these fantastic creatures up close at our Southern Sea Lion Pool. Learn more about these amazing residents during our daily tours!

A group of Sea Lions in the sea is called a raft!

SEAL RESCUE

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is home to Cornwall's only Seal Hospital. You'll be able to follow the journey of our injured Seals through their rescue from local coastal waters, through rehabilitation and eventually release back into the wild!

SEAL REHABILITATION

Each year we rescue over 65 grey seal pups from local coastal waters and bring them into our specialist Seal Hospital.

Our Seal Hospital has the facilities to look after 6 poorly Seal pups at one time. Each Seal costs over £1,500 to rehabilitate and we are incredibly grateful for the continued support from our guests.

SEAL RELEASE

Once our rescued Seal pups injuries have healed and they have reached a healthy weight we release them back into the wild. 

SEAL RESCUE

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is home to Cornwall's only Seal Hospital. You'll be able to follow the journey of our injured Seals through their rescue from local coastal waters, through rehabilitation and eventually release back into the wild!

SEAL RESCUE

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is home to Cornwall's only Seal Hospital. You'll be able to follow the journey of our injured Seals through their rescue from local coastal waters, through rehabilitation and eventually release back into the wild!

SEAL REHABILITATION

Each year we rescue over 65 grey seal pups from local coastal waters and bring them into our specialist Seal Hospital.

Our Seal Hospital has the facilities to look after 6 poorly Seal pups at one time. Each Seal costs over £1,500 to rehabilitate and we are incredibly grateful for the continued support from our guests.

SEAL REHABILITATION

Each year we rescue over 65 grey seal pups from local coastal waters and bring them into our specialist Seal Hospital.

Our Seal Hospital has the facilities to look after 6 poorly Seal pups at one time. Each Seal costs over £1,500 to rehabilitate and we are incredibly grateful for the continued support from our guests.

SEAL RELEASE

Once our rescued Seal pups injuries have healed and they have reached a healthy weight we release them back into the wild. 

SEAL RELEASE

Once our rescued Seal pups injuries have healed and they have reached a healthy weight we release them back into the wild. 

Pirate Play Area

Whatever the weather, there is plenty to do at The Cornish Seal Sanctuary. Enjoy the hot summer weather with a relaxing hot drink whilst the children play in our Pirate Play Area!

Outdoor fun!

WOW FACT!

Our unique rocky shores have a particular life of their own and conditions within them are different from the open sea. 

GET CLOSER THAN EVER BEFORE

Have you ever wanted to stroke a starfish, tickle a sea anemone or feel the shell of a crab? Now’s your chance, because at our rocking Rockpools you can appreciate all of this!

WOW FACT!

It's hard to believe that Sea Anemones are alive... they have no brain, heart or blood!

WOW FACT!

Our unique rocky shores have a particular life of their own and conditions within them are different from the open sea. 

WOW FACT!

Our unique rocky shores have a particular life of their own and conditions within them are different from the open sea. 

GET CLOSER THAN EVER BEFORE

Have you ever wanted to stroke a starfish, tickle a sea anemone or feel the shell of a crab? Now’s your chance, because at our rocking Rockpools you can appreciate all of this!

GET CLOSER THAN EVER BEFORE

Have you ever wanted to stroke a starfish, tickle a sea anemone or feel the shell of a crab? Now’s your chance, because at our rocking Rockpools you can appreciate all of this!

WOW FACT!

It's hard to believe that Sea Anemones are alive... they have no brain, heart or blood!

WOW FACT!

It's hard to believe that Sea Anemones are alive... they have no brain, heart or blood!

Breed Rescue Protect

Conservation is at the heart of what we do at The Cornish Seal Sanctuary. There are plenty of opportunities to learn about the threats facing marine life and what you can do to help as you explore with us. Find out more about what SEA LIFE and the SEA LIFE Trust are doing to help threatened marine life and perhaps help us out yourself by signing one of our petitions or picking up a free sustainable seafood guide.

Around 75% (that's three quarters) of the world’s coral reefs are threatened by human activity.