Banner SECOND BABY PENGUIN CHICK BORN!

SECOND BABY PENGUIN CHICK BORN!

16th July 2019

We're delighted to announce that a second penguin chick has been born at The Deep.

The first chick arrived on 14 June to parents Brian and Diane. Shortly after laying her eggs, Diane left the nest and paired with another penguin, so the decision was made to foster the egg out to experienced parents Nessie and Shackleton. This chick weighed just 90 grams at birth, but has grown to a whopping 2kg since its arrival.  

Diane has since paired with Rapha, resulting in our second chick being born on the 11th July. The second chick weighed 90 grams and is being cared for in the nest by the parents. The parents are taking turns feeding the juvenile, who in just four days grew to 176 grams. 

Our team of Aquarists are keeping close eye on the chicks’ development, carrying out regular weight and health checks to ensure the parents are doing their job properly.

The chicks will stay in the nest for first month underneath the parents. As time goes on, the parents start to move off the nest for short periods of time but still come back to feed. After three months have passed the chick leaves the nest after moulting their soft downy feathers. At this time, they will grow their waterproof feathers and will be able to swim, become independent and no longer rely on the parents for food.

Following this moult, the keepers will be able to discover the sex of the chick from the DNA of their feathers. Keep a close eye on our website and social media as we'll let you know whether we have boys or girls - or both! If you are visiting The Deep and are lucky enough to get a fabulous photo of our new arrivals, share it with us @thedeephull on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram #babypenguin

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RESCUE AND REHABILITATE LEADS TO RELEASE BACK INTO THE WILD

3rd July 2019

At the end of 2018, Deep Aquarist Shoshana flew to New England Aquarium Rescue Centre on the East coast of America, to help rehabilitate cold stunned sea turtles.

Following months of intensive care, it is now time for some of the turtles to be released back into the ocean and Shoshana has once again taken the trip to America to assist the care team.

Yesterday Shoshana assisted the team with the release of turtle number 266 at Nantucket Sound in Cape Cod, dubbed ‘Munchkin’ by the rescue staff. She is largest loggerhead to ever come through the centre, weighing 137kg on arrival (increasing to 151kg in the last few months). Munchkin was found off Great Island, Massachusetts.

Munchkin was admitted with significant wounds to her right flipper. She was nearly unconscious when she was rescued and brought into the centre. She is also missing portions of her right front flipper and left hind flipper from suspected entanglement damage. No one knows exactly why munchkin was stranded, but it is thought that the drop in her body temperature due to being cut off from warmer waters led to her becoming sick and hypothermic.

Using ultrasound technology, the vets were able to determine that her heart was still functional. So her treatment began. Turtle treatment can last from several months to two years, until they are healthy enough to be released back into the ocean.

Shoshana tells us more: “Pictures and descriptions can’t adequately describe how incredible Munchkin is.  I remember the sense of awe that I felt when I saw her for the first time back in 2018.  I was so excited to work with her and in some small way contribute to her rehabilitation. 

“The extraordinary staff at The New England Aquarium Rescue Centre provide an exceptional standard of care to hundreds of turtles every year and this is no exception when it came to Munchkin. To be able to share in celebrating their success and hard work with the ending of her rehabilitation and then her release is beyond rewarding and a once in a lifetime experience. 

“It’s these moments that overwhelm us with emotion and show us the types of things we can accomplish by working together. They inspire us and the only thing I can say is that I am so thankful to both The Deep and The New England Aquarium that I can be a part of something so special, so inspiring and full of hope.”

Before her release, Munchkin was fitted with a satellite tag so the care team can watch her progress and see where she goes. Loggerheads migrate for thousands of miles, but gaining data on a turtle at this stage of life is extremely rare.  She has the capability to cover long distances in the coming months and provide vital data on congregation points and movement areas.

The ocean and sea turtles like Munchkin are facing accelerating threats like rapidly rising water temperatures from climate change, islands of floating plastic and ocean industrialisation. It is hoped by telling Munchkins story, we will help to inspire everyone to take action.

You can read more about Munchkins journey here https://www.neaq.org/about-us/mission-vision/munchkinsjourney/?fbclid=IwAR0EUzt7YKQeQ2PTxilPGFxS5gC-eG1hK7H9ahuOoAPATSFQggwBSieBnrw 

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Summer Litter Picking

2nd July 2019

What do nappies, straws, cans and forks have in common?

They were all part of 100 kilos of rubbish found littering the Humber shoreline. That’s about 15 ½ stone!

As part of the Humber Alliance Group, the team from The Deep and Arco got together yesterday to help clean up a five mile stretch of the Trans Pennine Trail, which runs along the river between St Andrew’s Quay and Hessle Foreshaw. In total, 43 bags of rubbish were collected - mainly full of balloons, fast food wrappers, napkins, baby wipes, drinks cans, straws, plastic bottles and plastic forks. The team also scoured Hessle’s Country Park where litter was found scattered in bushes, around picnic benches and thrown into ponds. All the rubbish that was collected was taken by Biffa to their recycling facilities.

If the litter hadn’t been collected, not only would it have been an eyesore but it’s a potential hazard to land animals and particularly harmful if blown into the nearby Humber. The beach clean is part of the mantra of the Humber Waste Alliance whose aim is to reduce waste and prevent marine litter pollution in the Humber and its impact on the environment.

Susan Hornby, Head of Education & Community Engagement at The Deep said “We’re delighted to partner with Arco for this inaugural clean-up of the Hessle to Hull waterside walkway. Marine litter, particularly plastics, has become a global problem but today we’re tackling our local waters, hoping that each time we run this event the volume of litter will decrease as the public take a stance against single use plastics”

Pictured are Arco’s staff from their Product Assurance and Marketing departments who gave up their day as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme. Kirsty Old and Natalie Carroll from The Deep’s Community Outreach department brought bags and litter pickers and The Deep’s electric van ready to transport the rubbish to Hull’s waste management company BIFFA, who will handle the rubbish responsibly.  

The Deep holds public beach cleans twice a year. Keep an eye on the What's on section of our website if you’d like to get involved.

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THE PITTER PATTER OF PENGUIN FEET

25th June 2019

Earlier this month we welcomed our first penguin chick of 2019, and we are delighted with its progress so far. The chick weighed a tiny 98 grams when born but is filling out well thanks to the great care of foster parents Nessie and Shackleton. In just two weeks, the chick has gained over 400 grams and now weighs 589 grams.  

Our keepers are keeping a close eye on the chick, but are letting the parents take the lead at present. The chick will continue to grow quickly until it reaches full size at approximately six months.

The chick will remain in the nest for the next couple of weeks underneath the parents. As time goes on, the parents will start to move off the nest for short periods of time but will still come back to feed. After three months have passed the chick will fledge the nest and become independent.

Penguin chicks don’t begin to moult their soft downy feathers until this time meaning they are not yet waterproof. Following their first moult their waterproof feathers will begin to appear and parents will encourage them to start swimming and caring for themselves.

It is yet unknown whether the chick is a boy or girl, but we will keep you posted once this is identified in the coming weeks. 

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SAFEGUARDING THE FUTURE OF TURTLES

24th June 2019

Today we have a guest! Aquarist Shoshanna is taking over our blog to talk all things turtle...

One of the best parts of my job is getting to work with our two Loggerhead sea turtles, Senza and Mabouche. Sea turtles are amazing for so many reasons, but one of the best things about having them as part of The Deep family is that they are great ambassador animals. They help us tell so many important stories about what’s happening in our oceans. On a daily basis we provide them with the best care and are always striving to ensure that we’re following best husbandry practices and that’s why it’s so important for us to work with other aquariums across Europe. Sharing information and experiences is key so that we can learn from them and collectively come up with the best care strategies. 

I am lucky enough to be a member of the Marine Turtle Working Group (MTWG) which was established to promote this type of important communication and collaboration. The group was formed three years ago, with the first turtle workshop taking place in the German Oceanographic Museum and the Ozeaneum in Stralsund, Germany. For the first time, key members of the European aquarium community came together to collectively discuss sea turtles in aquariums. This included discussions about what the goals of the group should be and how aquariums are currently keeping their turtles. It was decided that we should create a specialised group purely for sea turtles. Along with these types of dedicated groups, studbooks and monitoring programs are really important tools used for managing animal populations within aquariums.  For this reason, the group created three monitoring programs for the most widely kept sea turtle species — Loggerheads, Greens, and Hawksbill. 

Studbooks are kept for the management of breeding populations with the studbook keeper holding all the population information to make recommendations on breeding based on genetic lines. Breeding sea turtles in aquariums is a complicated topic with too many unknowns and legislative restrictions concerning the release of aquarium hatchlings to the wild for the MTWG to be able to recommend breeding at this time. However, there is research currently being done to see if turtles hatched or being “head started” in aquariums have trouble imprinting on the beaches where they are released and if they have a better chance of survival than wild hatchlings. There’s a lot more work to come on this topic in the future!   

After the meeting the chair and the heads of the monitoring programs went away to get official approval from the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA). We knew from our husbandry discussions at the first meeting that guidelines for keeping sea turtles in long term care do not currently exist. It is also an EAZA requirement that a TAG produce a husbandry guideline. So when the second annual workshop rolled around, the main goal was to start on these husbandry guidelines. We knew from our husbandry discussions at the first meeting that guidelines for keeping sea turtles in long term care do not currently exist.  So when the second annual workshop rolled around, the main goal was to start on these husbandry guidelines. The MTWG met in Greece at the Crete Aquarium and after extensive discussions, the group had notes for all but the section on feeding.  

This year the MTWG came together for the third time at the Oceanographic in Valencia, Spain. We began by proofing and discussing the working document before we tackled the feeding section. This might seem unusual because you would assume that the diet would be straightforward.  Unfortunately, that is not the case.  When aquariums across Europe were surveyed it became clear that there is a huge variation in diet and feeding routines. It became a substantial undertaking for the group to decide on what the recommendations should be, as there are so many differences across aquariums.  The group took into consideration what had been reported in the survey, as well as the natural diets of sea turtles. There is similarly a great deal of variation in wild diets depending on the location of the turtle and its life stage. While the MTWG has now agreed on a base starting point, the group is striving to better our recommendations.  To do this the group is working to correlate blood results from sea turtles in European aquariums with their known diets, and will then compare them to blood values from wild individuals. Hopefully these results will provide invaluable information about our diet choices and help all of us make the best decisions for our turtles.  This is especially important because sea turtles are long lived animals that we can look forward to having in our aquariums for years to come. I am fortunate to be a part of the MTWG and to be supported by The Deep in a continued quest to make advances in the care of our animals.

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