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DEEP CLOSURE

17th March 2020

In line with Government guidance on COVID-19 and the recommendation to avoid gatherings and crowded places, The Deep will be closing to members of the public from 11:30pm on Friday 20 March 2020.

Katy Duke, CEO at The Deep said: “This has been a very difficult decision for us, but the safety of our customers and staff is our main priority. Please rest assured that our animals will not be impacted and will continue to be cared for by our dedicated team of experts.

“We intend for these measures to remain in place for as short a time as is necessary. This will be guided by the advice we receive from the government and Public Health England in the coming weeks.

“Sadly this does mean we have had to cancel a number of planned events and our staff are working hard to contact everyone impacted by this.

“We will be posting updates on our website and social media feeds as the situation progresses.”

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long will The Deep be closed for? 
Currently we are unable to offer a time at which we will re-open. We are following the guidelines set by the Government and Public Health England. We will be posting regular updates on our website and social media channels as the situation progresses.

Will I be able to get a refund on my ticket?
All tickets for general admission have no expiry date so can be used at any time in the future when we re-open. However, should you require a refund please call 01482 381000 (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 3pm Saturday) and we can arrange this for you.

Will my Day Plus Pass (annual ticket) be extended?
The Deep will be extending all current valid Day Plus Passes by the length of time in which they are closed. This will be activated on your next visit.

What will happen to my VIP experience?
At this time The Deep is looking to re-arrange all experiences to a later date (all customers with an existing booking will be contacted by telephone to arrange this). However, should you require a refund please call 01482 381000 and we can arrange this for you.

What will happen to our school trip?
We will be looking to rearrange school trips we currently have booked in to a later date.

What will happen to our sleepover?
We will be looking to rearrange upcoming sleepovers we have booked in to a later date.

What will happen to our wedding or corporate booking?
We will be looking to rearrange all upcoming private events where possible to a later date. Please call 01482 382000 if you have a query.

What will happen to the fish, penguins and sharks?
Our dedicated team of aquarists will report to work as normal to look after our animals and ensure their welfare. We will be posting updates on our social media channels so please keep an eye out for the latest news.

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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

15th March 2020

With regular news and updates about the current Coronavirus outbreak we wanted to let our visitors know what we are doing here at The Deep in response.

We appreciate that many people will be concerned about COVID 19 and wanted to reassure our visitors that we are keeping a close check on the situation and responding to advice being issued by official sources.

Currently we have hand sanitising stations around The Deep in both public and staff areas and are following NHS advice around handwashing and disease prevention.

The Deep team are regularly meeting and sharing information across the organisation to ensure best practice.

For further information please click here

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SILVER SHARKS CLUB

10th March 2020

Join us every Tuesday from 3pm to 5pm for our over 60’s Silver Sharks club here at The Deep!

Silver Sharks is for people over 60 living in Hull, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire who would love to learn more about marine life. You may be a group of neighbours, a yoga class, part of a community centre, retirees from a particular organisation or linked through a medical condition. We welcome between 10 and 20 people, which can include carers to our talks delivered by our in-house Education team, which aims to encourage learning with a more hands on approach.

The afternoon will start with a talk – which can be as varied as looking at UK sharks, learning about our turtle rehabilitation work in New England or our fragile coral reefs and how we can all tackle the problem of marine plastics. We will then visit the exhibits within the attraction we have been discussing. The afternoon will also include tea and cake – always a winner! We are experienced in welcoming people with a range of disabilities so please join us if you, or those in your group, have physical or learning challenges. We will liaise with your group leader in advance about which themes you’d like to learn about. Our two in-house teachers have experience of teaching those aged from 5 to 95 so no matter what your age or ability we can ensure everyone will have a great day out.

The first Tuesday in each month during term time is Tranquil Tuesday, during this time the sounds are turned down and the Deep is really quiet. This could be a good time to book in a group who may be overwhelmed with stimulus. Later afternoons are the quietest times at The Deep as there are no school groups and no queues! 

If you would like to book your place or find out more information please call us on 01482 381000.

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ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR STUDY IN COLLABORATION WITH HULL UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

6th March 2020

We are delighted to welcome Marine Biology and Zoology students from the University of Hull who are working in partnership with us to complete their Behavioural Ecology module. 

The second year students, will be spending time at 9 different stations around The Deep, where they will be able to observe the behaviours of species including Mudskippers, Garden eels, Clownfish, Gentoo penguins, Leaf cutter ants and Grey reef sharks.

The students will be using a number of data collection techniques including behavioural software ZooMonitor, an app developed by Lincoln Park Zoo which allows the students and our team of aquarists to record and analyse animal behaviour data, as well as a range of assessments designed by the students themselves. Observations include identifying individual’s within the displays who will be monitored on their activity levels, interactions with others and their spatial use of exhibits.     

This is the 3rd year in which The Deep have worked in partnership with Hull University on this module, providing students with the opportunity to engage in a real project and exposing them to some real life research challenges.

The data collected will be analysed and presented as part of their course with Graham, our Head of Animal Care and Research assessing the student’s reports. The data willalso be used by our team to support animal welfare and husbandry decisions.

Good luck!

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BRINGING OCEAN ACIDIFICATION TO THE SURFACE WITH NEW EXHIBIT

19th February 2020

An exciting new exhibit named Changing Seas has opened at The Deep in Hull this week, featuring amazing new species including Red lionfish, Yellow dog faced pufferfish, Leopard moray eels and soft corals.

An exciting new exhibit named Changing Seas has opened at The Deep in Hull this week, featuring amazing new species including Red lionfish, Yellow dog faced pufferfish, Leopard moray eels and soft corals.

This exhibit however, has a very important message and aims to inform visitors about how climate change is affecting our oceans and what this means for the animals who live there.

The display was designed and executed in-house by our talented team of Aquarists, and took almost a year from concept to completion. The team paired with Dr Christina Roggatz, a research fellow working within the Energy & Environment Institute at Hull University, following her recent research study into this field. 

Dr Roggatz’ work focuses on how the ocean pH is dropping due to increasing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere and how this can affect marine organisms. It explores the impact increased ocean acidity can have on the every-day life of marine crustaceans, such as shore crabs.

She also recently investigated how two of the most potent biotoxins in the oceans are affected by climate change and showed that they will become more toxic by the year 2100.

Dr Roggatz said: “This display is the culmination of around a year of collaboration between the university and The Deep.

“The purpose of the display is to inform people about the impact of climate change on our oceans, by providing new facts people did not know before. They will definitely learn something new, because the effects of pH on smell molecules and biotoxins have only recently been uncovered.

“The molecule models were calculated on the University’s supercomputer VIPER. They make the influence of climate change very visible which now form an integral part of the new exhibit. They show the impact of climate change at a very different level to what people usually get to see and know.

Dr Roggatz continues: “It is a great honour to have my work go on display at The Deep.”

Ben Jones, Curator at The Deep said: “This exhibit tells a really important story and is designed to help our visitors understand the threats to our oceans.

 “Throughout history, small changes in water chemistry have taken millions of years, giving animals plenty of time to adapt. However the rate of ocean acidification is now faster than ever. pH change is an invisible danger, quietly changing our seas with potentially disastrous consequences.

“By the year 2100, the pH of the ocean is estimated to fall from 8.1 to 7.7. This small change of 0.4pH will mean the seas are 4 times more acidic causing huge problems for marine life. We hope by showcasing this issue within our exhibit, we can inspire our visitors to make a difference and help protect the oceans from further damage.”

Plan your visit

Opening Times

  • The Deep is open daily from 10am to 6pm (last entry is at 5pm).
  • Car parking is available at a cost of £3 for six hours. It can become full during school holidays – alternative car parks can be found here.

Ticket Prices

Type of ticket Online On the day
Adult £13.50 £15.00
Child (3 - 15) £10.57 £11.75
Under 3s/Essential carers FREE FREE
Student*/Senior (60+) £12.60 £14.00

* Students must provide a valid NUS card or proof of age is required for school/sixth form students

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