10th April 2018

The Deep is excited to announce that the Desertas Wolf Spider has gone on display to the public today.

Visitors will be able to get a glimpse of this large and critically endangered spider in Deep Blue One. Found only on the Island of Desertas Grande, off the coast of Madeira, they are at threat from habitat loss through the introduction of invasive plant and animal species. With a leg span of 12cm, they are the largest in the wolf spider family.

In 2016, Bristol Zoo hatched out hundreds of baby Desertas wolf spiders following a successful mating at their site. In an attempt to bolster the ever decreasing wild populations, The Deep is helping to rear some of these spiderlings and will be part of the team to reintroduce them back onto the Island of Desertas later this year.

The Deep is currently caring for 50 spiders, 45 of which are being reared in a bio-secure unit to comply with the standards required for reintroduction. The other 5 have been reared behind the scenes for public display as a way of engaging viistors with the project and allowing them the chance to view a species that would not usually be encountered. Once mature, The Deep too, hopes to establish a self-sustaining breeding population to continue to raise awareness around this highly threatened species. 

Staff from The Deep will be joining scientists in the field to undertake the delicate reintroduction process and assist in population counts and habitat management on the island. These actions are crucial to give this unique spider a greater chance of survival for the future.

You can read more about this project and what the scientists are getting up to in an exciting feature published in this months World of Animals magazine (issue 058) on sale now!



28th March 2018

The Deep has sent an Aquarist to the USA to help save injured sea turtles. Shoshana is currently on a mission at New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts, to help rescue and rehabilitate hundreds of injured and sick sea turtles that get stranded on the shores near the aquarium every year. They are then cared for at the New England Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre before being released back into the wild.

As this time of year is relatively quiet for their team, which has allowed them to teach Shoshana the skills needed to health check the turtles and get them ready for release, so that when the busy winter months arrive and the number of stranded sea turtles increases, Shoshana can return to help with immediate effect.

As winter approaches, sea turtles should make their way south to warmer tropical waters as the waters around Cape Cod Bay becomes too cold.

However, each year some number of  turtles do not make the journey in time. Trapped by the hook shape of the bay, the turtles become disoriented. When the water reaches about 10°C by mid-November, the turtles are too cold to eat, drink, or swim, and become “cold-stunned.” Often they are suffering from life-threatening hypothermia, emaciated, dangerously dehydrated, or suffering from injuries. 

The Centre makes an invaluable contribution to the health of the turtles and the wider eco-system by taking the stranded turtles from the beach back to their Rescue Centre at the Aquarium, giving them health checks and treating their injuries, beofre releasing them back into the sea so they can continue on their journey.

We are very proud of Shoshana and to be part of such a great mission with the staff at New England Aquarium. We look forward to giving you updates on this fantastic project in the future. 



13th March 2018

The Deep in Hull has today donated £25,000 to the Penguin Specialist Group working on behalf of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC) to help pave the way in saving these threatened species.

Highlighted in recent news, the effect of global warming and climate change is having a huge impact on penguin hunting grounds. The warming waters are driving food sources further away from established nesting sites, exhausting the adults and increasing the risk of starvation to their chicks. They are simply unable to adapt to the increasingly changing environment.

These funds, raised by The Deep’s generous customers, dropping loose change into a number of ‘money spinners’ within the building, will be used to create a worldwide Penguin Conservation Strategy which will go on to inform future plans and conservation actions.

The Penguin Specialist Group consists of over 50 members, representing the world’s leading expertise on the conservation, research and management of all 18 penguin species across the globe. Having met in 2016, the newly formed group are working to compile up to date knowledge and accurately re-assess populations and identify threats for all penguin species for the IUCN Red List.

This is a crucial step forward in protecting the world’s penguin populations. Planning and prioritising conservation efforts for penguins as a holistic approach is hugely beneficial for conservation actions and gives a greater platform to share conservation stories from within the field. The development of this crucial document will lay the foundations to strategise a viable conservation plan and identify the global priorities and resources required to stabilise penguin populations into the future.



2nd March 2018

We are very pleased to announce that The Deep now has a Changing Places facility. This facility meets needs that a normal accessible toilet cannot. It provides more space and extra equipment allowing those with additional needs and their carers to use the toilet safely and comfortably. 

The room includes a bench, hoist, adjustable basin and mirror, centrally placed toilet and privacy screen. It is open to any who needs it, not just those visiting The Deep and can be found on the Ground Floor near the lifts. It can be accessed using a radar key, which our reception staff can provide if you don't have your own. 

We thank the Sir James Reckitt charity for their contribution towards this wonderful new facility.

To find out more information on this facility see our Access Guide. 



20th February 2018

Every year The Deep welcomes a small number of students behind the scenes, allowing them to undertake crucial research for their end of year thesis, focusing on the marine environment.

By looking into topics such as behaviour, reproduction, feeding and habitats - to name a few - they are not only working to complete their studies, but their findings can play a crucial role in the continual development of species management within aquariums.

Many of our students come form Hull University and are studying for either their Bachelors or Masters Degree in Marine Biology, Zoology or similar subjects. These studies have allowed them to progress onto complete a PhD in their chosen topic or provided them with the knowledge and experience needed to undertake conservation work out in the field and across the globe. 

Choon (pictured) is one of our 2018 students. She is currently in her 3rd year at Hull Univeristy where she is completing a her degree in Zoology. Choon is researching our  Blue Spotted Ribbontail Rays and the Blue Spot Rays within the Lagoon of Light. By examining the behavioural interactions between the two species during feed times, such as food competition, she hopes to establish if there is a dominance hierarchy present between the two separate species alongside the hierarchy that is already evident between individuals of the same species. Similar interactions between the rays and Zebra sharks will also be explored.

Other topics being researched this year include: Sophie is invesitgating behaviour and communication in Gentoo penguins; Matt is measuring the production of planular larvae in corals in repsonse to the type of food consumed and the light they are exposed to, to identify the best conditions for optimal reproduction within aquariums and Jessica is working to develop a Health Index for Corals. Jessica is comparing two seperate species of corals, using their photosynthetic activity and polyp extension as a measure of health in response to various factors such as food, salinity, light and air exposure.

You may see them around the aquarium with a dashing blue clip board or armed with a go-pro camera. We wish them the best of luck with their studies and the final production of their research dissertation later in the year. 

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