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LIVING MANTA RAY HYBRID FOUND IN THE RED SEA
The first hybrid Manta ray has been identified off the Red Sea coast of Sudan following a pioneering research trip in late 2012 carried out by scientists from The Cousteau Society, The Deep and The University of Windsor in collaboration with Sudan’s Wildlife Conservation General Administration, The Red Sea University and The Red Sea State Government.
LOCAL PEOPLE GET BEHIND CITY OF CULTURE BID
A large organisation known as All for One Choir, based in East Yorkshire and now Lincolnshire, sent out a call to arms, on an accessible music project that has included many local celebrities and organisations and more than 300 of its own choir members. The list is including the Deep, Hull FC and Hull KR, Joe Longthorne, Sam Gray, Burnsy, Sally Fairfax, KC Communications, Steve McNamara (England Rugby Coach) and all being well: Luke Campbell and many more will follow. The recording features the HUGE mass choir of All For One, solo vocals from the wonderful Sally Fairfax (BBC News reader )and local professional gospel choir Hot Gospel (who have supported Peter Andre and also recorded their own a re-arrangement of Hull FC’s anthem, Old Faithful, which has been a HUGE success).
IT'S ALL GOING QUIET AT THE DEEP
Sometimes it’s not easy for those with hearing impairments to enjoy a visit to The Deep to the full because of background noise. With that in mind and also due to popular demand, The Deep is holding its next Quiet Day on Thursday 12th September. Throughout the day, the audio will be turned off to make the attraction more accessible to those with hearing problems and who normally find some of the sounds distracting.
ASPIRING PUPILS AWARDED ‘STUDENTS OF THE
Designing an eye patch for a large one-eyed soft-toy frog is not something you would usually be expected to tackle during a week’s work-experience but that’s what Rosie Coggin-Levy, of Hessle High School, did during her stay at The Deep, Hull’s world-famous aquarium.
GO WILD AND LOVE YOUR ZOO
The Deep in Hull is getting behind national ‘Love your Zoo/Aquarium’ Week 2013, which will take place between Saturday 25th May and Sunday 2nd June, with a fun packed week of activities. The campaign, which was launched by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) aims to encourage people to visit their local zoos/aquariums for a fun day out, but also to learn just how much they do for conservation, education and research.
Retraction of information published
The Deep would like to apologise for incorrect information published in a press release on 11/4/2013. The press release related to corals and clams that had been transferred to the care of The Deep, having been seized at Heathrow Airport as they did not have the appropriate CITES documents. The Deep had been informed by a third party that the corals and clams had originated from the Cook Islands. We have since been informed that the corals and clams did not originate from the Cook Islands and we are happy to correct this fact. We apologise unreservedly for the inaccuracy in our press release.
Untold story of The Deep explained in new
How did one of the most deprived cities in the UK end up home to the most successful Millennium Commission project? A new book launched today by The Deep’s Chief Executive Colin Brown tells his account of how the project fought back against all odds to become an iconic scheme which is still going strong 11 years later. ‘In at The Deep end: The birth pangs of an icon’ tells the untold story of how The Deep was conceived along with the trials and tribulations that were encountered along the way.
Mysteries of the manta at The Deep this
Visit The Deep this Easter (23rd March to 14th April) and learn about our pioneering research to protect manta rays in the Red Sea. Find out more about what our divers got up to on their recent trip in our exciting new film as well as taking part in the manta trail, art and craft activities and fun filled family workshops.
Valentine’s Day ant-ics set tone for
THE colony of leaf-cutter ants at The Deep, Hull’s landmark aquarium, are setting to work and adding a touch of romance to their home ready for Valentine’s Day. The ants, which form part of the aquarium’s Living Rivers exhibit, are making sure their home is turned into a love nest for sweethearts’ big day of the year.
LOVE IS IN THE AIR – TRULY, MADLY DEEPLY!
‘Birds do it - bees do it’, and the song says: ‘even educated fleas do it’. And what are they all up to? They all fall in love. Just how the various species find that special creature they want to be with will be explored this February half-term (February 9-24) at The Deep, Hull’s award winning submarium.
The Deep tops Valentine’s Day shopping list
HULL’s iconic submarium, The Deep, has been named the best place in the country to visit for a touch of romance on Valentine’s Day. Tesco Magazine, one of the most widely read publications in the country, says dining at the tourist attraction’s Two Rivers restaurant is a must when it comes to doing romantic things on February 14 and the popular attraction is the only one listed from the north.
DEEP SET FOR WEDDING FAYRE EXTRAVAGANZA
From string quartets to rock and roll, hair styles to hats, and cars to cakes, the world of the Wedding Fayre comes to Hull’s top tourist attraction this month. So if you’re planning for a wedding in the future or just want to see what’s around, then head along on January 24 between 7 – 10 pm to the award-winning aquarium, The Deep, for the third annual Wedding Fayre at the iconic riverside venue.
CURE YOUR FEAR OF SPIDERS AT THE DEEP
DOES the very thought of a spider give you a fit of the collywobbles, bring you out in a cold sweat or have you hiding behind a wall of cushions? If so you are not alone. Research shows that around 50 per cent of women and 10 per cent of men have arachnophobia (fear of spiders) to some degree.
MAJOR MANTA RAY CONSERVATION PROJECT LAUNCHED
The first ever conservation work to help protect the endangered manta ray population in the Red Sea will begin next month carried out in partnership with the world’s only submarium, The Deep, and the research arm of The Cousteau Society, Equipe Cousteau.
Go behind the scenes at The Deep
An exciting new scheme allowing young people the opportunity to go behind the scenes at The Deep has been launched. The ‘Deep Experience’ gives participants the chance to spend a morning with one of our team carrying out some of the tasks that our aquarists would do. These include a behind the scenes tour, preparing food for some of our fish and sharks and carrying out a scatter feed from the top of one of our tanks.
The Deep gets behind 'Fish Fight' Campaign
Award-winning aquarium, The Deep is getting behind Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Fish Fight Campaign in a bid to reduce the amount of bycatch thrown back into the North Sea, by holding an exciting new Fish Fight night in the Two Rivers restaurant.
CHELSEA PENSIONERS TO VISIT THE DEEP
Three Chelsea Pensioners are to be welcomed to The Deep by the Lord Mayor of Kingston upon Hull, Cllr Daniel Brown and the Lady Mayoress, Mrs Lynda Brown on Friday 29th June at 11am. This will be an extra special occasion for one of the pensioners, as she is originally from Hessle.
Leaf-cutter ants get jubilant for Queen's
Our colony of leaf-cutter ants have set to work in getting their home ready for the Queens Diamond Jubilee in June. The ants which form part of the Living Rivers exhibit at The Deep are carrying their very own union jacks made out of rice paper to decorate their nest.
They've come to compete in Bug Champions
Roll up, roll up for this year’s tiniest sporting event, at The Deep in Hull, as our brand new exhibit ‘Bug Champions’ opens to the public on Saturday 31st March. See who in the insect world is the biggest, strongest and fiercest in our tribute to the London 2012 Olympics. It’s not to be missed!
NEW PODS SCHEME LAUNCHED AT THE DEEP BUSINESS
The Deep Business Centre has launched a new scheme aimed at helping small businesses to operate more efficiently. The PODS scheme offers high quality desk spaces for businesses with flexible terms, ideal for businesses that have been trying to operate from home but are now finding this impossible.
Children takeover The Deep for a day
On Friday 11th November, young people from Sirius Academy will be taking over The Deep, Hull’s award-winning aquarium, for the day. The activities are being organised as part of Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day 2011, a national event led by the Children’s Commissioner for England which gives children and young people the chance to shadow jobs, get involved in decision-making and offer their opinions on key issues.
THE DEEP ORGANISES LOCAL BEACH CLEAN
The Deep guides are seeking volunteers to help them with their annual beach clean at Hessle Foreshore on Sunday 18th September, starting at 11am. The event is part of the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) UK-wide Beachwatch 2011. Beachwatch is a nationwide annual beach clean-up and litter survey organised by MCS. It takes place on beaches all over the UK. Each piece of litter collected will be identified, weighed and recorded before being carefully disposed of by The Deep. The data collected goes towards the Marine Conservation Society’s national survey, which is subsequently used to help raise public awareness of the impact of litter on the environment. It will also add weight to a campaign for legislation to reduce litter on beaches. Beach litter is fast becoming a big problem to our beaches not only looking unsightly but also posing a threat to marine life.
All's quiet at The Deep...for just one day!
Due to popular demand, The Deep is holding its next Quiet Day on Tuesday 20th September. Throughout the day, audio will be turned down to make the attraction more accessible to those with hearing impairments who normally find some of the sounds distracting.
Vote The Deep as Yorkshire's Most Magnificent
This summer has seen the launch of the Yorkshire’s Most Magnificent Attraction competition sponsored by ITV’s Calendar and The Deep is in the running! The competition, which includes attractions from all over the region, is looking to find the best place to enjoy a day out which offers great value for money and fun for all the family.
New photographic exhibition launched at The
The Deep is unveiling a new underwater photography exhibition in association with the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine. The show entitled, Wildlife Photography: A Vision of the Oceans features a selection of images specially selected to celebrate The Deep’s tenth anniversary year and to highlight the importance of its marine conservation work. Picture shown is titled Dolphin in its element by John Johnson 2006
THE DEEP LAUNCHES NEW APP AT HULL BIZWEEK
The Deep is launching its new app iDeep at the Green City event on June 7th during Hull’s Business Week. The app, which is available on the iPhone and Android operating systems, features the animals of the award-winning aquarium, and has been developed by local IT solutions company, Marquest. The app costs 59p to download and proceeds are donated to The Deep’s Manta Ray conservation project, working with the Cousteau Foundation in the Red Sea. The app can be downloaded free of charge for the duration of Hull’s Business Week.
X-ANIMAL SIGHTINGS AT THE DEEP, HULL
Whilst the public wait in anticipation for the release of the latest X-Men film, The Deep has revealed that real life X-animals are residing in one of its tanks and what’s more they are breeding fast! Just like the indestructible X-Man Wolverine, the alien-like axolotls have unique powers to regenerate. If one loses a leg in an attack by another animal it can regenerate a new limb in just a few weeks!
Deep places Net Gain on international stage
Representatives from Net Gain, part of a nationwide project to establish a network of marine protected areas around the English coast, will be travelling to the 2nd International Marine Conservation Congress (14th-18th May) in Victoria, Canada next week thanks to sponsorship from The Deep. Project Manager, Joanna Redhead, will be presenting at the conference, placing the work that has been carried out through Net Gain in the international spotlight. Since 2009, Net Gain has been working with sea users up and down the English North Sea coastline to develop recommendations on where MCZs can best be located. The project was set up to contribute to the UK government’s vision for establishing a network of Marine Protected Areas that is well understood and supported by 2012.
DEEP WINS GOLD FOR ACCESS FOR ALL IN ENJOY
The Deep has won gold for Access for All in the national Enjoy England Awards, held in Birmingham on Friday night. Colin Brown, Chief Executive of The Deep said: “We’re delighted to have won gold for Access for All in the Enjoy England awards. We’ve always seen access as being much more than making ourselves available to people with disabilities – this is simply about customer care and that makes good business sense. By concentrating on the little things that makes life easier for people, in general we make ourselves a more attractive and enjoyable place for all to visit.
New exhibit 'Living Rivers' now open
The Deep has unveiled its new display for Easter. Living Rivers showcases some of the greatest river systems of the world including the Rio Grande, the Amazon and the Mekong. The display also includes the first ‘Fog Screen’ to be installed in the UK – a unique walk through experience.
YOU’VE SEEN THE FILM, NOW SEE REAL LIFE
The Deep has just introduced four new turtles to its Amazon Flooded Forest display. Representing two different species; yellow spotted Amazon river turtles and Geoffroy’s side necked turtles, these spectacular animals are already proving to be a hit with visitors.
Quiet Day at The Deep
Due to popular demand, The Deep is holding its next Quiet Day on Saturday December 18th. Throughout the day, audio will be turned down to make the attraction more accessible to those with hearing impairments who normally find some of the sounds distracting. Some of the presentations will be signed in British Sign Language (BSL).
Pirate Week at The Deep
Shiver me timbers! A gang of pirates will be dropping anchor at The Deep aquarium this October half term. Children will be able to join in activities including badge making and following pirate treasure trails. Pirates will also be storytelling, sharing their incredible adventures from the high seas. See our popular 3D pirate movie, “The Curse of Skull Rock”, which takes audiences on a swashbuckling adventure aboard a pirate ship.” Showings are at 11.30am, 1pm and 3.30pm. From the 23rd-31st October 2010
Teachers' Open Day Saturday October 2nd
FREE open day for teachers and their families on Saturday 2nd October. Starting at 11am, the event will be a valuable experience for any teacher thinking of bringing pupils to The Deep. Primary and secondary school teachers will be able to sample the aquarium’s learning activities, all of which are linked to the National Curriculum. The Deep’s resident teachers will be on hand to give information about workshops and booking arrangements, as well as answering any questions.
Quiet Day at The Deep October 8th
Due to popular demand, The Deep is holding its next Quiet Day on Friday October 8th. This event coincides with National Learn to Sign Week. Throughout the day, audio will be turned down to make the attraction more accessible to those with hearing impairments who normally find some of the sounds distracting. Some of the presentations will be signed in British Sign Language (BSL).
Family Beachcomb at Cayton Bay Aug 1st
Families are invited to join in with the first in a series of summer beachcombs led by The Deep. Starts at 1pm, Cayton Bay Sunday August 1st, meet in the Surf Shop Car Park Killerby Cliff, YO11 3NR (there is a small charge for this car park). Please see the press release for more details.
New Zebra Sharks at The Deep
The Deep aquarium in Hull is celebrating World Ocean Day* on June 8th, by announcing the arrival of two new sharks. The stunning Zebra sharks, Stegostoma fasciatum, are so called because–they are born stripey, gradually turning spotty, hence their alternative name. See a video of the sharks being introduced to their new home http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnLCyjDQi1Y
The Deep aquarium in Hull is rearing baby Blue Poison Dart frogs, Dendrobates azureus. The baby frogs or froglets as they are known, are tiny replicas of their parents. They have hatched from spawn laid in one of the displays at the aquarium. Blue Poison Dart Frogs are so deadly that indigenous people in the rainforest where the frogs can be found, used to wipe their arrow and darts on the frogs skin before going hunting, hence the name dart frog. The baby froglets are thriving and now measure just under 2cm long, nose to tail.
The Deep is working with a Scottish marine laboratory to find out if there is an alternative to the chemicals used to treat sea lice on farmed salmon and cod which threaten their health. Ballan Wrasse hatched and reared from eggs donated by The Deep will co-habit with farmed fish. The juvenile wrasse feed on the lice and will hopefully provide an excellent method of ethical and sustainable pest control. To see a video of the egg collection http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-B4dXFB6DI
Amazon Art Week
The Deep, Hull’s award-winning aquarium is unveiling a new Amazon display tank and has organised exciting Amazon art activities for February half term. Visitors will be able to view the tank as they arrive and depart from The Deep, and take part in family art activities. Tying in with the theme, a new 3D movie, Turtle Vision is being shown daily.
European Shark Week
The Deep is supporting European Shark Week (October 10-18), organised by the Shark Alliance. Visitors to the attraction can enjoy shark themed activities throughout the week to raise awareness of the plight of sharks and demonstrate their support for shark conservation by signing a petition.