International Sawfish Day

The Deep, in partnership with the Sawfish Conservation Society (SCS), the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA) and Associations of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) was extremely proud to have launched the very first International Sawfish Day on 17 October 2017.

International Sawfish Day is an annual event to raise awareness of these vulnerable animals and to highlight the threats they face in order to safeguard their future. Now in its second year, we hope to further grow awareness of this special day and of these magnificent marine animals, some species of which are on the brink of extinction.  

#IntlSawfishDay was launched via a Thunderclap across social media. This crowd-speaking platform enabled us to put out a message that could be shared by many at the same time. Having generated support from around the world, the top supporting countries included the UK, United States, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands. Our conservation message was successfully delivered to nearly 500,000 people and our supporters included the DiCaprio Foundation and Dragon’s Den star Deborah Meaden.

There are five species of sawfish in the world – Dwarf sawfish, Knifetooth sawfish, Smalltooth sawfish, Largetooth sawfish and Green sawfish. Classified as critically endangered or endangered  by the IUCN, sawfish are considered to be the most threatened shark species in the world because of destructive fishing practises, habitat destruction and the curio trade. The Deep is home to the only Green sawfish in the UK.

International Sawfish Day 2018

We have some exciting things planned for the day, including the installation of a very special mascot. If you are visiting us on International Sawfish Day you can enjoy some special activities - our guides will be doing regular sawfish talks throughout the day, as well as badge making and colouring in Craft Corner. Our team in Castaways Cafe are currently cooking up some tasty sawfish themed treats including delicious home made biscuits.

We will have fundraising activities throughout the day and monies raised will go towards sawfish conservation projects, if you would like to get involved start by downloading these resources to help you.

Posters (with space for your organisation's logo)


Colouring sheet

Sawfish fact poster

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The Deep, Hull

Key Information

  • All 5 species of sawfish are listed as endangered or critically endanged by the IUCN Red List.
  • The Deep is the only place in the UK you can see Green sawfish.

Plan your visit

Opening Times

  • Open daily from 10am until 6pm. We are closed on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
  • Last admission is at 5pm, although we recommended you to arrive no later than 4pm
  • The Deep’s peak times are between 11am – 2pm, should you prefer a quieter environment please visit outside these times.
  • Car parking is available costing £3 for six hours. It can become full during school holidays. Alternative car parks can be found here

The Deep Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP

01482 381000 Any questions?

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Adult £12.60 £14.00
Child (aged 3 to 15) £9.90 £11.00
Children under 3 FREE FREE
Student* £11.70 £13.00
Senior (60+) £11.70 £13.00
Essential carer FREE FREE

* in full time education, valid NUS, University card or proof of age is required for school and Sixth form students.

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Safety Update

The Deep takes the safety and security of its staff and visitors seriously and continue to work with Counter Terrorism Police Officers to review security regimes on a regular basis. Whilst the details of such plans cannot be shared we have in place measures to respond to changes in the threat levels for international terrorism. In light of recent events the security within the building and external spaces has been reviewed.

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