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OPENING THE DOORS FOR THE COMMUNITY

11th March 2019

Thanks to funding from the British Science Association, The Deep is working with Hull based charity Open Doors to take science outreach activities to the city’s refugees and asylum seekers. As part of British Science Week (8-17 March) we are laying on three exciting activity sessions for families.

The first session saw Team Deep take to the road to deliver a KS1 workshop called Secret Superhero to some of the families working with the charity.  Teacher Jenny delivered the session to over 40 people, incorporating both English and Maths skills through story time, puppets and role play, bringing formal and informal learning together. The youngsters also got the opportunity to get hands on with The Deep’s own cockroaches, through careful handing sessions with one of our Aquarists Elise.

The second session will involve adults taking part in the ESOL class (English for Speakers of Other Languages) visiting the aquarium for a guided tour. This experience will give them a fantastic opportunity to learn about the animals who reside here, as well as offering a ‘real life’ setting to practice their English.

The final event is a babies and toddler session welcoming families with children aged 3 and under. Complete with story time, sing-a-long and soft play, Little Nippers will provide a light hearted environment for the families to enjoy. Everyone taking part in this session will also be given a Day Plus Pass, allowing them to re-visit The Deep as many times as they want for the next 12 months.

The Deep is committed to providing an educational and accessible day out for all and thanks to this funding we are delighted to have been able to extend our reach with the families working with Open Doors. We hope they will foster the same love for science, learning and culture that we hold dear.

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HOBSON AND PORTER DONATION TO TURTLE RESCUE

10th February 2019

We are delighted to have accepted a very generous donation from Hobson & Porter, the award-winning construction firm operating in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

Hobson and Porter are encouraging employees to switch from single use plastic to reusable drinks bottles, with the proceeds from these sales being kindly donated to conservation work at The Deep. This donation contributed to aquarist Shoshana Levine’s recent trip to the New England Aquarium Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, Boston to assist in the care and rehabilitation of stranded sea turtles.

415 cold stunned sea turtles were rescued, suffering from life-threatening hypothermia, emaciation, dehydration and other injuries. The majority of the turtles rescued were Kemp’s Ridley Sea turtles, one of the most endangered species, they were cared for at the rescue centre and will be released back into the wild once when they are strong and healthy.

David Blades, Business Development Director for Hobson & Porter, said: “We’re pleased to be supporting The Deep’s fantastic conservation work which will help protect these rare and precious sea turtles.

“As a building contractor we have a responsibility to protect and preserve the environment and our commitment to switching to reusable drinks bottles is helping us combat the impact of plastic waste on our sites. It has been a great initiative and we’re proud to be putting the proceeds towards a worthy cause on behalf of The Deep.”

The Deep is proud to continue to work on and support vital research and conservation work around the world, something which is only made possible through generous donation such as those received from Hobson and Porter, and our visitors.

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BIG FISH CAMPAIGN RETURNS

25th January 2019

The BIAZA Big Fish Campaign is back and the launch has kick-started at The Deep with the Big Fish Fortnight. 

Aquariums across the country will be rallying together once more this year to demonstrate their support for the BIAZA Big Fish Campaign.

Each year, British and Irish Zoos and Aquariums are inundated with requests to rehome animals that have ‘outgrown’ their home aquarium.

In a bid to raise awareness of the larger freshwater species such as catfish, arrowana and silver sharks - to name just a few - the UK’s dedicated aquarium community will be hosting a number of engaging activities and events to separate fact from fiction when it comes to selecting and caring for fish in home aquariums.

Joined by Buster, the life size Red-tailed catfish, the Big Fish Tour will be hitting the road, on a mission to raise the profile of these aquatic giants and remind potential owners of the importance of research before committing to buy.

The campaign is not looking to ban certain fish from being sold or push for restrictive licensing, it’s quite the opposite. The aim of the campaign is to develop a more responsible attitude amongst fish keepers (both beginner and advanced), retailers and wholesalers/breeders and therefore improve the welfare of these tank busting species.

The Deep has launched the 'Big Fish Fortnight' to kick things off. From 21 Jan - 3 Feb we are offering activities and presentations to appeal to both adults and families, generating awareness of the importance of reading all you can about your fish before bringing them into your home. Visitors can take part in a trail – finding life-size clues on the floor of the attraction, attend regular Big Fish presentations, or make a badge with our Guides to show their support.

Find your nearest BIAZA aquarium here: www.biaza.org.uk

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RESCUE, REHABILITATE, RELEASE - SAVING ENDANGERED TURTLES IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN

9th January 2019

Following on from completing her training period early last year, Deep Aquarist Shoshana, returned to the New England Aquarium Turtle Rehabilitation Centre in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. 415 turtles were admitted into the hospital this winter, so she has been putting into practise valuable skills that aim to save the lives of hundreds of these endangered and iconic creatures.

Thrown into the thick of it, Shoshana has been working hard with the team, assisting in the rehabilitation of stranded turtles, administering immediate and vital care to get them back onto the road of recovery.

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 many turtles do not make the journey in time. Trapped by the hook shape of the bay, the turtles can 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”, stranding themselves on the beach. Often they are suffering from life-threatening hypothermia, emaciation, dehydration or injuries. 

Shoshana says “Every year there are mass stranding’s of cold stunned sea turtles around November and December. This year the New England Aquarium Rescue Centre took in more than 400 turtles making it one of their busiest seasons.  The majority of the turtles rescued are Kemp’s Ridley Sea turtles, one of the most endangered species in our oceans. 

“As soon as the turtles arrived at the centre, it was all hands on deck to get them into a stable condition as quickly as possible. Their body temperature is taken and heart rate checked, because of their solid shell this has to be taken through the shoulder. It’s important to warm the turtle’s slowly as increasing their temperature too quickly could be harmful. When they come in, they are placed in pools at 12.5°C, this is then increased by 5 degrees each day until they are well enough to go into the largest pool, which is maintained at 22°C.

“The coldest turtle I held was a Kemp’s Ridley whose internal temperature was 7.4°C. It was so cold in my hands, I couldn’t believe it was still alive! I also helped with turtles that were very weak and not breathing well. We offered them more assistance by placing them on a neoprene ‘surfboard’ to help keep them afloat until they are strong enough to break the surface and take good breaths on their own”.

“Collaborating with the New England Aquarium rescue staff was an amazing experience.  The opportunity to assist and learn from them was invaluable.  I am happy to work for an aquarium that supports conservation and takes part in programs that have such a direct impact on sea turtle conservation.  It was incredible to be a part of saving so many endangered species.”

There are a number of centres on standby to assist in caring for the huge volume of turtles, so occasionally some are moved to other parts of the USA. Co-ordinated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), pilots transport the stronger, more stable turtles further south to alternative facilities to finish their rehabilitation period. Each turtle is continually and critically assessed until they are deemed strong enough to return to the ocean and complete their migration down to warmer waters.

Connie Merigo, Rescue Department Manager at the New England Aquarium said “Shoshana proved herself quite the capable work force, with her seasoned instincts and judgement, it was easy to see that she has years of experience in Aquaria behind her. She had retained all of what she had learnt through her training period earlier in the year and was ready to get to work when she arrived on her first day. Quick to pick up skills in a number of procedures, she was able to rotate through a number of group specialities including the critical swim group, food group and transport group. The centre certainly benefited from her experience of working with marine turtles, she was a very productive member of the team during an incredibly busy season.

“We are currently entering the last phase of our admissions. With a total of 415 being admitted into our hospital, it has put the 2018/2019 season in second place for the highest number of turtles being treated.”

The Deep is proud to be continuing to support and assist our colleagues ‘over the pond’ in the rescue and rehabilitation of sea turtles. This vital work is proving crucial to safeguarding the future of one of the world’s most iconic ocean dwelling creatures.

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ADVANCES FOR TROPICAL FISH BREEDING IN NEW COLLABORATION

3rd January 2019

The breeding of aquatic animals is an incredibly complex science and determining the correct diet and environment to enable larval fish to develop into adults is particularly challenging. The larvae of many tropical fish species are so small, that they are invisible to the naked eye, and their food source is even more microscopic.

As the world’s aquatic species face increasing threats due to climate change, overfishing, pollution and the illegal wildlife trade, research is vital to increase knowledge and breeding capabilities – and as this research is difficult in the wild, aquariums provide an invaluable research platform.

Due to their expertise and resources, aquarists from the UK’s leading aquarium teams are leading the way in the improvement of breeding techniques to increase global understanding of marine animals and their breeding cycles, and ultimately support global conservation efforts to crack down on the illegal trade of fish and other aquatic life.

ZSL, The Deep, SEA LIFE, and Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences are working on a landmark new research programme to improve aquarium breeding success - the SustaiNable Aquarium project (SNAP), which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government’s SMARTExpertise programme.

An initial 20 species - key to the health of coral reefs but which have not yet been successfully bred in aquariums - are the initial focus of the project. Corals are part of a delicate tropical ecosystem and require specific tropical fish in order to thrive, including species of butterflyfish, rabbitfish, wrasse and tangs.

Projects like SNAP will advance aquaculture techniques and help boost marine species which are near threatened or endangered, while highlighting the collective awareness that aquariums have an important role to play in the future of our conserving our oceans.

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