I came onto trip advisor to comment on what a fantastic time my family had on our day at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary and was staggered at some of the, frankly ignorant, negative reviews.
If people want to see performing animals go to the circus, if you care about our environment and animal welfare then go for a trip to the seal sanctuary.
The hospital was nearly empty when we went there, how anyone could actually complain that there were no sick seals beggars belief, I took a great deal of pleasure hearing that they had 44 rescues this year and there were no sick seals there because they had successfully released all of them! There is a baby seal in there that was actually born in the sanctuary who has been separated so that it can learn to fish for itself - it is adorable, but I will be very happy if I visit again to NOT find it in the hospital and hear that he is back with his mum.
The entrance fee is quite high, but when you look at how much fish they eat, how expensive their vets fees for each rescue seal are and how committed and dedicated the whole team are it seems a small price to pay.
The seal sanctuary takes in the seals and sea lions that all of the 'attractions' that some of the reviewers seem to think would be a more 'fun' day out don't want anymore as they are either too much like hard work, not entertaining enough or to ill and old to work anymore - yet some people seem to think that their money would be better spent there......
I found the talks both entertaining and informative, I actually felt like I had engaged with the individual animals. Ray the brain damaged seal that is mentioned by a previous reviewer in a negative fashion, Andre the naughty sea lion that wont stop barking at everyone and got kicked out of Chessington for ASBO type behaviour, Andy and Chaff the sea lion father and son troublesome duo and Starsky and Hutch the unbelievably cute otters with the sad yet funny background story were just a few who stuck in your mind and highlighted why they do such fantastic work.
The people who were doing the talks engaged with the crowds and allowed as much participation as they could without the animals being effected. Alex and Josh were loads of fun, Alex in particular was a mine of information and if you ask him he can give you a number of funny anecdotes about any of the resident animals.
My kids had a brilliant time alternating between all of the talks and running like loons around the site, they loved the feeding session and I have to applaud Alex's question and answer session to choose who got to feed the sea lions as he bent the rules in a true pirate like fashion to ensure that every small child who wanted to got a chance to throw a fish!
In a nutshell this is not a funfair or Disney type attraction, this is a place that does vital work for animals who desperately need their help and have opened their doors so to speak to provide part of the revenue that it takes to run the place, please go visit with an open mind and pat yourself on the back when you leave that not only have you had a fun day out with the kids but you have also helped pay towards one of the many animals that will have captured your heart while you were there.
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