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Cornwall Seals

Cornwall Seals

A Cornwall Seal

About Cornwall Seals

Seals can be seen around the coast of Cornwall at any time of the year. Britain’s two resident species of seal are the grey and the common seal. The seal population of Cornwall should be considered one if it’s great wildlife assets.

For those on walking holidays in Cornwall or those just enjoying a day out walking the Cornwall Coast path the sight of a seal is a common sight. The wildlife that can seen include Peregrines, buzzards, dolphins, and basking sharks are one of the greatest attractions of walking holiday in Cornwall

From the visitors who enjoy a visit to the National Seal Sanctuary at Gweek to those who sit on a cliff top and watch them play in the surf the experience is one that remains with the visitor long after they return home.

Around the coast of Cornwall it is the Grey seal that you are most likely to spot from the cliffs and in the harbours.

Male grey seals are easily identified from the females due to their size, their broad shoulders elongated snouts and a heavy muzzle allows for easy identification. The female grey seal have thinner snouts the female grey seal tend to be paler in colour.

Seal Watching in Cornwall
Grey seals spend their time between beaches, sand and mud banks all along the Coast of Cornwall. A popular location where you generally always manage to see a seal is at Godrevy. Mutton Cove is a favourite place for seals to haul out at low tide. We have some videos of the seals at Mutton Cove. See below.

Do not disturb the seals if you are fortunate enough to observe them hauled out and if seal watching from the Coastal Path please do NOT walk and watch for seals at the same time.

Cornwall is also home to the National Seal Sanctuary at Gweek where they rescue injured and abandoned seal pups from around the Cornwall and then as soon as they are able release them back into the sea. You can watch a video of a seal pup release and on the Sanctuary at Gweek

About Cornwall’s Seals
Seals can not breathe underwater. Unlike humans they empty their lungs of air before submerging for periods of about eight minutes and dive to depths of 50 metres or more.

Their remarkable underwater endurance and ability is due to the fact that their blood retains oxygen to a greater extent than humans along with their ability to reduce their heart rate to 40 beats per minute.

For more information and videos about the seals of Cornwall.

For information about the Cornwall Seal Group

A listing of Cornwall Seal Videos

  • Diving Seals Lands End Diving Seals Lands End November 15, 2014 - Getting so close to be able to observe Seals in their natural habitat is a wonderful experience. Their natural curiosity as they watch and swim around the divers is fascinating to watch. Diving Seals Lands End Video (Diving Seals Lands End) taken off Lands end near the Longships lighthouse with close ups of both the seals […]
  • Seals at Godrevy Seals at Godrevy October 15, 2014 - There is a colony of resident seals at Godrevy.  They can be seen quite often by those who walk the coastal path past the island in the surf or hauled out on the island rocks below the Godrevy Lighthouse. Seals at Godrevy A seal is very well camouflaged, particularly when hauled out on the rocks […]
  • National Seal Sanctuary Gweek National Seal Sanctuary Gweek September 29, 2014 - The Cornwall National Seal Sanctuary Gweek has its origins from an event in the winter of 1958 when Ken Jones found a baby seal washed up on the beach at St Agnes. The seal was only a few hours old. He took this baby seal back to the garden of his house near the beach. […]
  • Kayaking Godrevy Seals Kayaking Godrevy Seals September 29, 2014 - Kayaking Godrevy Seals: Close up encounters with the seals in a Kayak around Godrevy Island and Beach. Kayaking Godrevy Seals There is a large colony of seals at Godrevy and you can normally spot one if you take a few minutes to stop and watch when walking along the coast path. Please take care on […]
  • Seals hauled out Godrevy Seals hauled out Godrevy September 29, 2014 - The seal colony haul out at at low water and can be seen from the cliff top. The Coast path at Godrevy with the view over to the island and Godrevy lighthouse is a lovely walk and is part of the Coastal path. Seals hauled out Godrevy The car parks, cafe and toilets are all […]
  • Orca Sea Safaris Dolphins Seals Sharks Orca Sea Safaris September 29, 2014 - A promotional video from Orca Sea Safaris based in Falmouth Cornwall on their wildlife watching and coastal boat trips. Based at Events Square in Falmouth Adjacent to the National Maritime Museum. Orca Sea Safaris Dolphins Seals Basking Sharks in Falmouth Cornwall The trips will take you out around the harbour along the coastline. As well […]
  • Seal Centre releases Porthtowan beach Seal Centre releases Porthtowan beach September 29, 2014 - This video (Seal Centre releases Porthtowan Beach) was made on the 17th June 2008 when the National Seal Sanctuary at Gweek released 6 pups from the National Seal Sanctuary, Gweek, Cornwall at Porthtowan Beach. Seal Centre releases Porthtowan beach   The Seal Sanctuary rescues pups lost, injured or abandoned by their mothers around the coast […]
  • Seal pup Seal Sanctuary Gweek Seal pup Seal Sanctuary Gweek September 29, 2014 - April, a rescued seal pup (2007/8 season) at the National Seal Sanctuary, Gweek, Cornwall. The Seal Sanctuary rescues abandoned, stranded or injured sals and seal pups from around the coast of Cornwall. Seal pup Seal Sanctuary Gweek Their ambition is to always try and release the pups back into the wild when they are able […]
  • Hells Mouth Seal Pup Hells Mouth Seal Pup September 28, 2014 - Seals are often seen at Hells Mouth which is on the South West Coast Path north of Godrevy. There is a public lay-by for cars and a cafe with a large car park very close by. Hells Mouth Seal Pup Care should be taken around all cliff edges. Peregrines can often be seen on the […]
  • Godrevy Lighthouse Cliffs and Seals Godrevy Lighthouse Cliffs and Seals September 25, 2014 - Godrevy Lighthouse is close to St. Ives. A popular Surfing beach at Gwythian, the coastal path and area is in the hands of the National Trust in Cornwall.  This a popular area for seal watching an they can often be seen “hauled out” at Mutton Cove. Godrevy Lighthouse Cliffs and Seals The National Trust run […]
© Photograph of Cornwall Seal with kind permission of Andrew Flckr

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