We didn’t begrudge a penny of our entrance fee as we were there for over two hours, there was so much to see.
When you first go in, there’s a small pool which held three seals. I believe these are currently awaiting release back to the wild and they were quite content to laze around in the water.
Feeding time was at 10.45 so we had a look at the reptile house first (see previous post).
What struck us was how clean the place was and the space for the residents.
The main seal enclosure houses several common and grey seals which cannot be released back into the wild for a variety of reasons. Two are blind, some are too tame, and one simply could not cope on it own having been found several times in poor health and returned to the sanctuary.
Once a seal has been in captivity, it’s ringed so that when released its progress and history are available should it need future care.
Some of these gorgeous creatures have been in serious trouble from pollution, plastics, mites or other animal attacks and have been nursed back to health. They are happy in their surroundings, and a new pup was born on Wednesday, so was just a day old when we saw it. It was not swimming yet, but Mum was close by, and it looked like she was one which was almost blind as her eyes were practically shut.
Here are my pictures. Cue ooos and aaaaahs.
Photos: Lunch is served!
Mum and her One Day old pup
How you doing down there?
I cropped the above photo for these below
This is the life
Wonderful aren’t they?