Fundraising for our volunteers to help wild Cornish Seals

We are selling Key Rings, Fridge Magnets and Postcards to raise funds to support our work with Cornwall's wild seals. Have a 'bit of Cornwall' at home with Fridge Magnets, or on the move with a Key Ring! Share your seal sighting with friends by sending a Postcard of genuine Cornish Seals. Key Rings and Fridge Magnets make excellent gifts for your friends and family. Ordering is simple, please see the bottom of the page. (Please note, these photos do not really do full justice to the high quality of these photographs and products.)
(Click here to see our fundraising policy and find out how we spend our money to help wild seals.)

There are 2 exclusive collections for 2008 : Grey Seals and Iconic Cornish Landscapes and Breathtaking Sunsets

KEY RINGS : Cornish Grey Seals
Our special Collector's Edition 'Grey Seals 2008' contains 6 different Key Rings, designed to reflect the power & beauty of Cornish Grey Seals:

Competitively priced, Key Rings cost £1.50 each or £7 for the set of 6, including postage and packing costs.

 

KR1 : A unqiue and tough, pregnant female.

S237 is a beautiful, classically marked young adult female with a dark grey back and white belly with grey spots. She is well fed and heavily pregnant, but looks incredibly healthy! She is easy to identify from her unusually long claws on her fore flipper. A hint of just how tough a seal's life can be is revealed by the fact her front claw is missing - presumably caught between boulders and ripped out.

KR2 : Splash's first swimming lesson

A very unusual pup, Splash took to the sea very willingly almost from day one. At first, Splash's Mum kept a very close eye on his antics in the sea and she kept her body between Splash and the open sea. Daily swims soon built up his swimming skills in the water, where Splash obviously felt most at home.

KR3 : Motherly love.

For three weeks, Splash relies on his Mum. She is very attentive and already has a strong bond with Splash, so it is hard to believe that after 17-21 days she will leave him to fend for himself. It is such a priviledge to witness from the clifftops, these private moments between a Mum and her pup.

KR4 : Checking you out!

Seals have very sensitive vibrissae - whiskers and eyebrows. When faced with something new, their instinct is to flare their whiskers towards the object to be explored. This young adult male is interested in the seal in front of him and has flared his whskers as a form of greeting!

KR5 : A splash about nothing!

These two young males met each other unexpectedly at the water's edge. Neither wanted to give way to the other, but with little experience of how to be aggressive, they just ended up causing a big splash.

KR6 : Seal hauling over boulders.

Seals moving over land are described as hauling. They can haul over a range of terrain. On sand, a seal can give a fit adult human a run for their money! Even large boulders present little difficulty for hauling seals, as their powerful shoulders and strong claws enable them to climb up even steeply angled rock covered in slipperly seaweed. Only when they are disturbed, do seals become injured, as they haul at speed over sharp rocks that cut their bellies and trap their claws.

This is what the back of the Grey Seal Key Rings looks like!

 

KEY RINGS : Iconic Cornwall and Breathtaking Cornish Sunsets

Our special Collector's Edition 'Iconic Cornwall & Breathtaking Cornish Sunsets 2008' contains 3 different Key Rings:-

Front and back

KR7 : Cornish Cliffs and Setting Sun

Front and back

KR8 : Cornish Lighthouse - sunlight and sunset

Front and back

KR9 : Cornish Engine Houses - sunlight and sunset

 

FRIDGE MAGNETS : Cornish Grey Seals

Our special Collector's Edition 'Grey Seals 2008' contains 6 different Fridge Magnets, designed to reflect the power & beauty of Cornish Grey Seals:

Competitively priced, Fridge Magnets cost £1.50 each or £7 for the set of 6, including postage and packing costs.

Female Cornish Grey Seals

FM1 : A unqiue and tough, pregnant female.

S237 is a beautiful, classically marked young adult female with a dark grey back and white belly with grey spots. She is well fed and heavily pregnant, but looks incredibly healthy! She is easy to identify from her unusually long claws on her fore flipper. A hint of just how tough a seal's life can be is revealed by the fact her front claw is missing - presumably caught between boulders and ripped out.

 

FM2 : Splash's first swimming lesson

A very unusual pup, Splash took to the sea very willingly almost from day one. At first, Splash's Mum kept a very close eye on his antics in the sea and she kept her body between Splash and the open sea. Daily swims soon built up his swimming skills in the water, where Splash obviously felt most at home.

 

FM3 : Motherly love.

For three weeks, Splash relies on his Mum. She is very attentive and already has a strong bond with Splash, so it is hard to believe that after 17-21 days she will leave him to fend for himself. It is such a priviledge to witness from the clifftops, these private moments between a Mum and her pup.

Male Cornish Grey Seals

FM4 : Checking you out!

Seals have very sensitive vibrissae - whiskers and eyebrows. When faced with something new, their instinct is to flare their whiskers towards the object to be explored. This young adult male is interested in the seal in front of him and has flared his whskers as a form of greeting!

 

FM5 : A splash about nothing!

These two young males met each other unexpectedly at the water's edge. Neither wanted to give way to the other, but with little experience of how to be aggressive, they just ended up causing a big splash.

 

FM6 : Seal hauling over boulders.

Seals moving over land are described as hauling. They can haul over a range of terrain. On sand, a seal can give a fit adult human a run for their money! Even large boulders present little difficulty for hauling seals, as their powerful shoulders and strong claws enable them to climb up even steeply angled rock covered in slipperly seaweed. Only when they are disturbed, do seals become injured, as they haul at speed over sharp rocks that cut their bellies and trap their claws.

 

FRIDGE MAGNETS : Iconic Conrnwall & Breathtaking Cornish Sunsets 2008

Our special Collector's Edition contains 6 different Fridge Magnets

Competitively priced, Fridge Magnets cost £1.50 each or £7 for the set of 6, including postage and packing costs.

 

Iconic Cornwall

 

FM7 : Cornish Lighthouse

FM8 : Cornish Cliffs

FM9 : Cornish Engine Houses

Breathtaking Cornish Sunsets

 

FM10 : Setting Sun

FM11 : Cornish Light

FM12 : Cornish Tin Mines

 

POST CARDS : Cornish Grey Seals

There are 3 Cornish Seals Postcards. Postcards cost 50p each or £1.50 for 4, including postage and packing

PC1 : The Haulout

Grey Seals routinely spend a lot of time hauled out of the water. They leave the sea to breed, moult their fur coats, to rest and to digest their food. Despite appearing to look cumbersome on land, they can move surprisingly quickly if disturbed. If you are watching seals on land, aim to arrive, watch and leave unseen by the seals. If seals have to rush towards the sea too quickly, they get careless and can rip their bellies and get claws caught between rocks. We have an international responsibility to protect the Grey Seals along our coasts.

PC2 : Millie and Pup

A model Mum, Cornwall Seal Group members watched her successfully raise her pup throughout October. Millie was a very proud Mum, who showed a lot of affection, care and attention towards her pup, so it must have been a real wrench for her and her pup, when they finally went their separate ways. Mum left her pup strong and healthy with good fat reserves to see it through the worst of the Winter storms.

PC3 : Playing in the Surf

These 2 young males are having great fun playing the shallows. They roll over and over enjoying the white water crashing over rocks. Seals have long, sensitive whiskers that are used to detect their prey underwater and large interlocking teeth. Even so, seals are remarkably gentle and inquisitive creatures, who have inspired many legends. The seal at the top of the picture is Chairlift, the first seal to be identified over 100 times.

Click here to find out how to ADOPT A WILD CORNISH SEAL

These Key Rings, Fridge Magnets and Post Cards can be yours by...

Emailing sue@cornwallsealgroup.co.uk and providing the following information:-

  • Your name
  • The address which you would like the Key Rings, Fridge Magnets and/or Post Cards posting to
  • The number/design codes of the Key Rings, Fridge Magnets and/or Post Cards that you would like

Please make your cheque payable to Cornwall Seal Group and post it to:-

Cornwall Seal Group, Copperleaf Cottage, Phillack Hill, Phillack, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 5AD

As soon as your cheque is received, your merchandise will be posted out to you.

 

The photographer

Simon is a wildlife and landscapes photographer and an active member of Cornwall Seal Group. His knowledge about the lives of Cornish Seals enables him to reflect their power and beauty and his frequent trips around Cornwall capture Cornwall's spectacular landscapes forever! Follow these links to see more of Simon's photos www.cornishseals.co.uk and www.cornish-wildlife.co.uk and www.thehidaway.co.uk

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02/08/08