Learning in South Cornwall
Cornish Seal sanctuary
So it wasn’t surprising that once we heard that the Cornish Seal Sanctuary was down the road, we had to pay a visit. The centre is very well organised and laid out, allowing you to wander from area to area learning about the different stages that a rescued seal goes through from time in the hospital through to the convalescence pool before release. The centre is also home to resident seals (common and grey) and seal lions, born in captivity or that have incurable diseases that would mean they were unable to survive in the wild. Keepers provide regular talks throughout the day; the talks were not only informative but extremely well delivered from passionate individuals that obviously love their jobs.
In addition to the information about the seals, a seal academy educates visitors on the dangers that face seals, particularly the issue of plastic in the ocean – an issue that Ella feels very strongly about. The girls’ learning, whilst visiting the sanctuary was to produce a short film that focused on one aspect and to tell it as a story, using filming techniques that they’ve learnt over the last few months.
Task in mind, they both set off with iPhone / iTouch and spent an hour taking short clips that told the story of two seals at the centre. Amy focused on a seal pup called Flash, an unusual case because he had been released but had returned a week earlier after getting into trouble again. Her film told his story but also illustrated the process that a rescued seal pup goes through. Ella, on the other hand, focused on the story of Ironman, a pup that had been released from the sanctuary but had arrived with shocking injuries, inflicted by 9m of plastic fishing line. The message in her film was a strong one with a call to action to help avoid this happening in the future.
Both girls enjoyed their visit to the sanctuary, enjoyed learning about how the centre works and seeing the animals being cared for. They both produced skilled films that clearly tell a story, were presented confidently and used a range of filming techniques.