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Cornwall Seals

Cornwall Seals can pop up unexpectatly

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 its 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 be 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 clifftop 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 heavy muzzle allows for easy identification. The female grey seal has thinner snouts the female grey seal tend to be paler in colour.

Watching Cornwall Seals
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 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 Seals Videos

  • Diving Seals Lands End Diving Seals Lands End – Getting close and intimate with curious seals November 15, 2014 - Diving Seals Lands End Video taken off Lands end near the Longships lighthouse with close-ups of both the seals and the basking shark. Getting so close to being 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. The […]
  • Screen Shot 2021 08 30 at 11.38.34 Seals at Godrevy October 15, 2014 - Seals at Godrevy 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. 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 – Getting close to curious seals September 29, 2014 - 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 the cliffs and […]
  • Screen Shot 2021 08 30 at 08.50.54 Seals hauled out at Godrevy – The Fascinating sight of a seal colony September 29, 2014 - Seals hauled out at Godrevy The seal colony haul out at low water and can be seen from the clifftop. The Coast path at Godrevy with the view over to the island and Godrevy lighthouse is a lovely walk and is part of the South West Coastal path. The car parks, cafe and toilets are […]
  • orca sea safaris Orca Sea Safaris – Discovering sea life around Falmouth on an exciting boat ride September 29, 2014 - Orca Sea Safaris – Dolphins Seals Basking Sharks in Falmouth Cornwall 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. The Sea Safaris will take you out around the harbour along the coastline. […]
  • seal centre releases porthtowan Seal Sanctuary Releases – Rescues and a successful release September 29, 2014 - This video (Seal Sanctuary 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 Sanctuary releases Porthtowan beach The Seal Sanctuary rescues pups lost, injured or abandoned by their mothers around the coast of […]
  • Screen Shot 2021 08 30 at 08.26.34 Seal Pup at Sanctuary – Great Day out and the kids love it. 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 seals and seals pups from around the coast of Cornwall. Seal Pup at Sanctuary  – Gweek Their ambition is to always try and release the pups back into the wild when they are […]
  • Screen Shot 2021 08 30 at 08.06.09 Hells Mouth Seal Pup September 28, 2014 - Hells Mouth Seal Pup Seals are often seen at Hells Mouth 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 on the opposite side of the road.  We have a blog post of seals taken at Hells Mouth.  […]
  • Godrevy Lighthouse Cliffs and Seals Godrevy Lighthouse – Wonderful walks A great opportunity for seal watching. September 25, 2014 -   Godrevy Lighthouse is close to St. Ives. A popular Surfing beach at Gwythian, the coastal path and area are in the hands of the National Trust in Cornwall. This is a popular area for seal watching and they can often be seen “hauled out” at Mutton Cove. Keep your eyes open for seals but […]
© Photograph of Cornwall Seal with kind permission of Andrew Flckr
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