7th September 2017

The Deep is about to embark on its sixth research excursion with SECORE, a leading coral conservation organisation. Based at a reef-side location in Curaçao, a Southern Caribbean island, they will be developing techniques to further the potential for coral reproduction within aquariums.

During the next 10 days, Seb, The Deep’s coral Aquarist, will be participating in a number of workshops and night dives, collecting bundles containing both sperm and eggs (gametes) that are released from broadcast corals. These coral spawning events are triggered by the lunar cycle and only occur once per year, so timing is crucial. Additional collections of free swimming coral larvae from the more regularly spawning brooder corals will also take place.

Once the gametes have been collected, the scientists set upon a round the clock watch to ensure that successful reproduction takes place and that they settle out correctly when under laboratory conditions. Once the larvae have settled on a new surface, the first coral polyp can begin to grow and after time will create a new colony for transplantation back onto the reef.

A number of corals have been growing from collections undertaken in previous years. These colonies, which are now large enough to be moved back onto the reef, will be out-planted into protected areas.

Historically the only way to breed corals was through a process called fragging. This is when a portion of coral is cut from a large colony and fixed to a new surface to grow. Once developed into small colonies these would then be relocated to reefs in need of restoration. However this method is simply producing clones of the original colony, limiting the gene pool.

Although a more complicated and intensive method, SECORE’s proven techniques allow for a more natural and genetically diverse restored reef site. This year the scientists will be rolling out these techniques to twelve different coral species; two of which are already classified as endangered by the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature).  

Find out more about this process in this fantastic 'a coral love story' video by SECORE.

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International Sawfish Day 2017

5th September 2017

Save the date! Along with the Sawfish Conservation Society, The Deep has launched International Sawfish Day for 17.10.17. This is a dedicated day to celebrate the beauty of sawfish and raise awareness of their risk of extinction. Show your support by downloading the resources from our website here and look out for details of our Thunderclap soon.



1st September 2017

A series of extraordinary images by German Biologist, Ernst Haeckel will go on show at The Deep from 1 September. This is the first time Haeckel’s work has been showcased in a public gallery in the UK since his death in 1919.

Haeckel was a German Biologist, who discovered and named thousands of new species. In 1899 he began to publish a series of extraordinary images that changed the way we viewed the relationship between Art and Science. He also coined many biological terms that we use today – phylogeny, phylum and stem cell – the most notable being the word ecology.

100 of his images were put together to create 10 volumes of Art Forms of Nature. Many of the organisms included within these collections were first described and classified by Haeckel himself. This stunning combination remains, to this day, an astounding record of life on earth.

These images have been reproduced with the cooperation of the ZSL (Zoological Society of London) Library, which houses a wide range of modern and historic books on the subjects of animals and their conservation, along with a huge catalogue of journals and magazines, the ZSL archives, zoo-related ephemera and unique artworks.

Haeckel’s work will be on display in The Deeps 3rd floor gallery from 1 September until late October.

These images have been reproduced with the generous co-operation of the ZSL (Zoological Society of London) Library. They hold a unique collection of journals and book on animal’s conservation, along with zoo-related ephemera and unique artworks. 



24th August 2017

This week we want to say a huge congratulations to Matt, who begins his full time position within our Aquarist department.

At nearly 4 years ago to the day, Matt began volunteering with The Deep whilst completing both a BSc and MSc in Biological Sciences at the University of Hull. Whilst not only proving himself a valuable member of the team he has had the opportunity to utilise our facilities to undertake behavioural research within our penguin colony for his studies, producing essential scientific data for population dynamics and personality traits amongst penguin colonies within zoos and aquariums.

Having been involved with the penguins since their arrival in Hull, from the initial build of their habitat to their ongoing care, he has built up quite a relationship with our lovable birds and is thrilled that he will continue to be involved in looking after them. 

We wish him the best of luck!



23rd August 2017

Our turtle keepers Shoshana and Paul have come up with a great invention - a turtle back scratcher! As part of Sensa and Mabouche's daily care, the Aquarists brush their carapace (shell) to keep them clean from algae and polyps (and to give them a good scratch)! 

Soon they won't have to wait for the keepers to do this as the new back scratcher, made from cleaning brushes, will be fixed into the Endless Ocean display so they can swim past and give their carapace a good scrub ... sort of like a turtle car wash! 

Thank you to Vikan who kindly donated the brushes.

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