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Cornish Seal Sanctuary

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is set in the picturesque Helford Estuary close to the beautiful Cornish village of Gweek. The Seal Sanctuary has over 50 years of experience, going back to 1958, in dealing with the rescue of injured seal pups, their rehabilitation and release back into the wild. The Sanctuary was founded by Ken Jones who rescued the first seal pup on the shore near his home in St.Agnes, this was the first of many rescues and by 1975 work had outgrown the single pool and the sanctuary was moved to Gweek, where today it has five pools and a specially designed hospital.

Official Website : www.visitsealife.com/gweek

Stated goals

  1. To rescue and provide professional treatment for sick, injured or distressed marine mammals who are found around our shores.
  2. To rehabilitate or provide and maintain a home for the unfortunate animals that would otherwise would perish in the wild.
  3. To release the rehabilitated marine mammals safely back into their natural environment.
  4. To create a greater awareness of the marine environment through the work that is undertaken.

More than forty grey seal pups are rescued each year. The aim is to release them back into the wild having given them the best chance of survival. Work with these seal pups takes months of treatment and loving care before they can be released and only a very few have become full-term residents at the sanctuary. In addition to the Grey and Common Seals, they have Fur Seals and Californian & Patagonian Sea Lions. The Sanctuary also provides a much-needed haven for a variety of other animals, such as Otters, Penguins, Sheep, Ponies and Goats. Occasionally the Sanctuary’s facilities and expertise are called upon to aid in the rescue of other marine creatures such as Dolphins and Turtles.


When you arrive by car at Helston, head for R.N.A.S. Culdrose on A3083 (signposted Lizard), drive along this road to the roundabout… ⇒ Turn left at the roundabout (signposted St Keverne)…⇒ About ½ mile along on the B3293 road, turn left and follow the signpost to Gweek…⇒ When you arrive in Gweek village, turn right just before the “Gweek Inn” pub and follow the signs to Seal Sanctuary.

Open every day of the year apart from Christmas Day. Opening times from 10am.

Contact Details

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary,
Gweek, near Helston,
TR12 6UG, England.

Tel: 01326 221361

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