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Septimus takes to the sea again in Cornwall!

With a grant of £19,940 from Postcode Local Trust in 2019

Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust set up a stunning pop up marine exhibition with Septimus, a 2.4 metre seal skeleton, and 14 south west seal photo ID hubs, which are a powerful research tool when studying the animals. Thanks to the exhibition, visitors will have access to a new 360 augmented reality to inspire outdoor action on threats such as plastics.

Septimus was recently invited to be a VIP guest on Lundy Island and of course jumped at the chance. He will be the centre piece of the pop-up marine centre exhibition, which will be held at the beautifully renovated St Helen’s church. The church is a spectacular setting for the exhibition and will help celebrate the island’s 50th anniversary of being managed by the Landmark Trust on behalf of the National Trust.

As soon as Septimus had agreed to go, Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust’s ranger, Marion, began making plans with island staff about the best way to transport him safely there. Septimus was delighted to find this meant a return to the sea – albeit in the cargo bay of the Oldenburg, via a box and crane! At least that way Septimus was able to fly as well! The wonderful Oldenburg team made Septimus feel very welcome and ensured his safe passage and transfer to land on Lundy’s quayside.



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