Protecting the world’s rivers is a vital part of protecting planet Earth. By understanding these habitats and the creatures living in them we can change our behaviours to ensure their survival. Living Rivers showcases some of the greatest river systems of the world including the Rio Grande, the Amazon and the Mekong.


It’s estimated that 80% of all pollution in our oceans comes from land-based activities via rivers and land run-off, so in Deep Blue One we feature some of the world’s greatest river systems and their surrounding habitats to show the intricacies of life for inhabitants and how closely they affect one another.

You can learn more about the ecosystem of each river and the particular threats it faces, including mining, deforestation, and overfishing. The exhibition complements our marine displays and is a vital part of our story line. Living Rivers was designed and built by our in-house team as part of our 10th anniversary year series of developments.

The exhibit is brought to life by carefully chosen exotic species including Red-bellied piranha, a colony of Leaf cutter ants and an Amazon tree boa.

You can also take advantage of our newly refurbished soft play area down in Deep Blue One.

Back to The Deep Tour

Meet the Stars

Here you can see some of the stars of Deep Blue One, so make sure to look out for them on your way round.

Red-bellied piranha - AMAZON

These fish are said to be one of the most ferocious freshwater in the world! Their short jaws are lined with razor sharp teeth, well able to take a bite out of much larger fish.

Axolotl - RIO GRANDE

This strange looking creature is not a fish but an amphibian, descending from what were once terrestrial salamanders – effectively evolution in reverse! Although completely aquatic, they have lungs, however they breathe primarily through their prominent feather-like gills.

Milk frogs – AMAZON

The Milk frog is a large species of frog which can grow up to 10.2cm. As they age, their skin develops a slightly bumpy texture. The "milk" in the common name comes from the milky fluid these frogs excrete when stressed.

Amazon Tree Boa

Amazon Boas are nocturnal hunters. This highly aggressive constrictor strikes it prey using its long sharp teeth, coiling around it and squeezing with its muscular body before swallowing it whole.

Figure of eight pufferfish

These fish get their name from the figure of eight pattern on their back, which is camouflage avoid birds and other predators.

Garter snake (Lake Zacapu)

These snakes can grow up to 5ft in length, with females growing larger than males. They have a lifespan of around 20 years.

Plan your visit

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 at a cost of £3 for six hours

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.

Ticket Prices

Type of ticket Online On the day
Adult £11.25 £12.50
Child (aged 3 to 15) £9.45 £10.50
Children under 3 FREE FREE
Student* £10.35 £11.50
Senior (60+) £10.35 £11.50
Family of 4 (max 2 adults) £36.90 £41.00
Family of 5 (max 2 adults) £44.55 £49.50
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.

As per Government guidelines more information on how to play your part can be found on line.

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