The SECORE (SExual COral REproduction) project is a collaboration between many research and aquarium institutes to protect and restore coral reefs around the world.

The Deep has been involved since 2006 participating in fieldwork in Puerto Rico (2006), Puerto Rico (2007), Belize (2012), Guam (2013) and Curaçao (2014). Research stations were set up to collect coral spawn, fertilise egg bundles and settle the coral larvae which then grow on to become colonies.

January 2016 marked a breakthrough in Coral breeding techniques. In 2011, offspring from the critically endangered Elkhorn Coral were reared from gametes collected in the field and then out planted to the reef one year later in 2012. In only 4 years they have grown to the size of a football and reproduced simultaneously with their natural population. This event marks the first ever successful rearing of a threatened Caribbean coral species to reproductive age.

The Deep continues to support and participate in the SECORE programmes working with the Smithsonian Institute to further develop cryopreservation of the egg and sperm bundles to perfect techniques for rearing coral spawn and has completed the build on a brand new Coral Research Facility, based right here in Hull. This new development will provide a valuable resource not only to our in-house scientists but also to university students wishing to undertake research on Coral cultivation, feeding and reproduction.

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Opening Times

  • Open daily from 10am until 6pm
  • Last admission is at 5pm, although we recommended you to arrive no later than 4pm
  • We are closed on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
  • 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?

SAT NAV (HU9 1TU) this will take you to Tower Street, Hull, the nearest main road to The Deep.

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Type of ticket Online On the day
Adult £12.15 £13.50
Child (aged 3 to 15) £10.35 £11.50
Children under 3 FREE FREE
Student* £11.25 £12.50
Senior (60+) £11.25 £12.50
Family of 4 (max 2 adults) £40.50 £45.00
Family of 5 (max 2 adults) £49.05 £54.50
Essential carer FREE FREE

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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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