The Wash and surrounding areas along the Norfolk coast is home to two species of seal, Common Seals and Grey Seals. The population of Common Seals here alone has the greatest density than anywhere else in the country. Since opening our Seal Hospital in 1989 we have helped rescue and rehabilitate more than 750 seals. In the past 12 months alone Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary has rescued over 50 Seals from Norfolk and surrounding counties.
Most of the seals that we care for at Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary are young and vulnerable. Many have been separated from their mother and are lost. Others are suffering from injuries or infections that they are not strong enough to fight for themselves. Once our dedicated animal care team are notified we investigate and make the decision to bring it back to the safety of the Seal Rescue Centre.
Many pups that come into our care are just a few days old. They haven't learned how to catch or eat fish and are reliant on mother milk. So, it’s our responsibility to take on the role of 'mum' to provide everything the pup needs to grow fit, healthy and strong. We do this by putting together a yummy fish soup, made with Herring. A natural food source and mix it with rehydration fluid to help their bodies recover after becoming dehydrated.
Once the pups learn how to eat whole fish, they will be moved to a larger pool with other pups of similar ability. This allows them to start learning social skills with other seals. Once the pups are ready they will be introduced to our main seal pool, where they will be hanging out with our six resident seals as they wait to reach their target weight.