The Cornish Seal Sanctuary played host to a special visitor last week.

Comedian John Bishop and his wife, Melanie, paid a visitor to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Gweek last week to see for themselves how the sanctuary worked.

Mr Bishop and his wife visited the centre last Friday and took part in a feeding session with some of the seals at the sanctuary as well as naming a seal pup that was recently rescued and is now being looked after by staff at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

He chose the name Jurgen - possibly after a certain Liverpool FC football manager in Mr Bishop's home town, Jurgen Klopp.


John and Melanie are both patrons for the Sea Life Trust, of which the Cornish Seal Sanctuary is a part of.

A spokesperson for the Cornish Seal Sanctuary said: "He (Mr Bishop) came down to see what work we do as the sister sanctuary of the Sea Life Trust Beluga Whale Sanctuary and to get an idea of our work and what we do here.

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"He followed our process and worked with the animal care team.

"He and his wife also named a seal pup that we've just had rescued.

"They're going to be following the progress of that seal pup.

"Because he's the patron of Sea Life Trust, he'd come down to see what work we do as we're owned by the trust.

"He had a great time, he loved working with the animal care team, so he got to see what work we do."

Mr Bishop has previously stated that he would like to get involved in more work that involves marine conservation as well as animal and fish welfare.

Last year, the 54 year old comedian had been a part of an ITV documentary series, John Bishop's Great Whale Rescue, which saw him follow the journey of two beluga whales being taken from captivity in Shanghai and released back into the wild.