The Cornish Seal Sanctuary
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary, in Gweek close to Helston, is on the southern coast of Cornwall. Rescued seals from the Cornish coast are allowed to recuperate at the sanctuary before being released back into the wild. We wander the through the park which overlooks the estautry of Gweek, stopping to watch the seals trying to catch the park warden’s attention in the hope of catching a thrown fish. Shortly before feeding time the older seals block the steps from the pool to prevent the younger seals coming up onto the side walkway. This seems to be a trusted tactic to ensure their own stomachs are filled as the seal nearest to us swallows at least twenty fish without much trouble, whilst in the pool up to twenty young seals have to fight for their food.
A short driving distance from Gweek on the Lizard Peninsular is Coverack Cove, the village of Coverack is protected by high sea walls lining the bay. A tiny harbour wall encloses the fishing boats with room enough for only 15 boats at best. A number of people are sat in the spring sunshine along the granite walls facing into the harbour. I take the camera and walk down the haulage ramp to get a closer look, from here it is apparent how the harbour holds back the tide, I image this is a very different place come high tide as the sea begins to circle quickly around the corner of the harbour.
The original lifeboat house building and ramp is directly behind the harbour, but nowerdays the building has been renovated as a fish restaurant, the lifeboat now launches around the coast directly into deep water near Lizard point at Landewednack. The sun is out so we find a place to sit in the adjacent Paris Hotel beergarden, which has a wide view of the stunning surrounding coastline. As we sup our beer we are watching the vague outline of the container ships in the distance, lining up at the mouth of the English Channel, waiting their turn to be called through to the ports of Southampton and Portsmouth.
April 8th 2015.