7th August 2020

With face coverings now being mandatory within attractions such as The Deep from the 8th of August, The Deep have worked with 360 Protex to create our very own stylish, sustainable and scientifically tested face coverings with a marine theme.

As Governments around the world are focussed on attempting to reduce the impact of a dangerous second wave of infections from Covid-19, the use of face coverings is quickly becoming the new normal.

The introduction of face coverings will soon be mandatory in most indoor venues across the country and whilst it is recognised that they provide benefits in reducing the spread of Covid-19, they come with their own impacts on the environment.

As an environmental charity, The Deep was keen to explore alternatives to disposable face coverings which are quickly becoming the next waste crisis.

Katy Duke, The Deep’s CEO explains;

‘Single use face coverings contain plastic elements and cannot be recycled. Tests have shown that the virus can live on the outside of a disposable mask for 7 days and after each use they should only ever be placed in a bin.  Incorrectly disposing of single use face coverings can contaminate recyclables putting more people - especially front line workers - at risk.

Inevitably, single use face coverings will end up in land fill or escape into the natural environment including our rivers and seas. Littering intentionally or accidentally will also have a big impact on our environment.  Some organisations are already seeing significant and widespread littering of face coverings which are being found on beaches, parks and pavements. Littering is not the only way these masks find their way into our environment, there is evidence they are also being flushed ‘away’ in toilets.

The huge amount of waste generated by disposable coverings could easily overwhelm our waste infrastructure and the single use plastics within them could be catastrophic for the environment and our wildlife when you consider the global usage of these items.

Indeed it was recently reported that a juvenile falcon was spotted near the Yorkshire coast with a disposable face covering tangled arounds its talons. Irresponsible disposal of face coverings poses real risk to wildlife, similar stories have been told in other parts of the country, in Chelmsford, Essex, a gull was found with its legs trapped in the elastic of a disposable face mask.

The introduction of our very own ‘Virumask’ has provided us with an alternative to disposable whilst assuring we are helping the UK with the on-going battle against Coronavirus’

Reusable face masks are a much better alternative however not all reusable face coverings are the same and some have a greater carbon footprint than others.  As you need to change a cotton mask to a fresh one after each use many people will end up with as many cotton mask as they have socks.


Julian Hakes of 360 Protex continues;

Virumask by 360 Protex uses Shield Plus technology from Panaz and maintains its shield-like antimicrobial protection for much longer periods of time, reducing the need for frequent washing and avoiding regular replacement.

These unique features not only provide the ideal solution for people with busy lifestyles, but they significantly reduce water usage and landfill waste from disposable masks.

Virumask is a lightweight non-medical, multi-use face covering made from high-quality breathable fabrics and features a unique anti-microbial material which in tests deactivates 99.99% of bacteria and 92% of Coronavirus on contact – this plays an important role of reducing surface transfer of microbes.

Virumask anti-microbial material has also been shown to de-activate other germs and bacteria including MRSA and E-coli.

It provides an easy-wear, easy-care face covering solution using the latest fabric technology and is available in a wide range of colours and styles. Adjustable elasticated straps provide a secure comfortable fit’

Together we are helping to fight the battle against Coronavirus and at the same time protecting the planet and our oceans.

You can purchase your very own Virumask here



23rd July 2020

The Deep is delighted to announce a Community Partnership with distinguished Hull company, Arco. Through a Community Partnership, the Deep with the help of Arco are preparing to re-open the doors to the public on the 27 July and begin a new chapter.

This natural partnership will build on the mutual values of both organisations who have always shared a home in the City of Hull. Arco and The Deep are equally dedicated to promoting the continued health and prosperity of the Humber region and re-building a strong future for our area and for the people who share our city.

Katy Duke, CEO The Deep explained “The closure of The Deep in response to Covid-19 has had long lasting financial implications on our charity and has changed the landscape for the foreseeable future. The Community Partnership with Arco has given us the support we needed to re-open our doors and prepare for a challenging and different future. At our core, both our organisations care about conservation, our community and the future of our city. We are delighted to be re-opening on the 27 July and welcoming our visitors back.”

Katy continues “We are extremely grateful for all the support shown to us over the last few months and our partnership with Arco, such an eminent organisation in the city, has been invaluable in helping ensure that The Deep will be a safe and enjoyable day out for all of our visitors.”

The Deep crew have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure government guidelines are adhered to, offering a safe and clean environment for visitors to enjoy. Noticeable changes will include         directional signage, hand sanitising stations and timed ticket slots which will require pre-booking on-line. Find out more about our safety measures and how to book your tickets here.

Arco Managing Director, David Evison said, “The Deep and Arco share a home.  We share the City of Hull.  We share a community in the very heart of our City, in the vibrant fruit market.  The continued health and prosperity of the Humber region is vital for us and the people who share our City.  We are delighted to be working with The Deep, helping this incredible attraction stay safe for visitors.”



6th July 2020

Our Gentoo penguins continue to be well looked after by our dedicated team of Aquarists. Since closing its doors in March 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak, The Deep has remained very quiet, so a lot of you have asked – "Are the penguins missing the visitors?"

Our Penguin Keeper Emma answers the question:
"In my opinion the penguins have definitely missed the visitors! The more confident birds such as Leo and Weston normally love swimming up to the visitors and watching what they are doing. I’ve noticed when I walk round the outside of the habitat, they seem to get excited to see someone, even though it’s just me! They will be looking forward to welcome visitors back."

Around August time, the penguins go through their annual moult. Some of them have started eating more now in preparation for this. They bulk up in the few weeks running up, as they dont really feel like eating as much when they are moulting. They also don't like to swim very much during their moult and can seem a bit scruffy and uncomfotrable! Fortunately the process only lasts a few weeks and then they are back to their normal energetic selves (with brand new shiny feather to boot!)

The penguins are fed twice daily. This consists of a scatter feed of krill and shrimp in the water, but they also receive a hand feed of sprat and capelin. This is to ensure the keepers know how much each penguin has ate for their records.

June saw a couple of special days for 2 of our penguins, Lizzie and Attenborough. As the first penguins to be born here at The Deep in 2016, both turned 4 years old! Attenborough on the 11th and Lizzie on the 18th. They both celebrated their birthdays with an extra large bucket of fish! 

We hope it won't be too much longer before we can welcome you back through the doors to see the penguins and all the animals here! Please keep a look out on our social media and website for further updates.



28th April 2020

Think you know The Deep? Well, we have created an extra special Deep quiz to test your knowledge folks! Let's see if we can find out who our biggest fan is! 

There are 20 questions in total, including some on the animals that reside with us, some geographical questions, a couple on our history and even some on our systems. We hope you enjoy doing this as much as we enjoyed making it. And don't forget, we'd love to hear how you did on our social media pages @thedeephull. Did you get 20 out of 20? 

Click here for the quiz.

Click here for the answer sheet.



20th April 2020

Cleaning out exhibits, feeding some fish….. How hard can it really be? With a hugely reduced team at the moment, it's pretty tough! Our team of dedicated experts has been split into two shifts, ensuring that our animals continue to be cared for and the highest standards maintained, plus they also have to look after the building, ensuring that everything remains in good working order, ready to welcome our visitors back. 

The Deep has around 70 individual habitats and over 30 filtration systems to manage – the largest being Endless Oceans which holds 2.5 million litres of water -  all housing a total of around 3,000 animals, each of which has to be fed and cleaned on a daily basis.

Our Curator Ben, tells us more: "The day kicks off early in the morning when they check the filtration systems are all in working order and conduct visual checks of every animal and exhibit within the building. All of the smaller displays are cleaned inside and out, scrubbing algae and removing uneaten food. Just because we’re closed, doesn’t mean that windows can be dirty! Food preparation is up next, with breakfast being typically served to the animals before 10am.

"Record keeping remains very important in all aspects of our husbandry care. For example right now we have three juvenile zebra sharks, born at The Deep, growing in our nursery system. Theses sharks, bred as part of a well-managed European programme, are monitored closely and fed three times per day with the weight of food consumed by each shark recorded.

"To ensure each species thrives, regular water quality testing has to be carried out, analysing temperature, pH, salinity and making sure each part of the filtration systems is doing its job properly. The fish are fed up to 4 times per day, but the larger animals have to be hand fed by the divers. This job allows for accurate recording of food intake and gives the divers chance to give them a close-up MOT. These large displays also need a lot of maintenance and require a huge amount of elbow grease to keep clean.

"Our colony of Gentoo penguins are hand fed twice every day in the morning and the afternoon, with a great deal of time spent on keeping their habitat in top condition. Penguins are one of several species at The Deep that require extra attention from the team to ensure that their environment is providing everything that they need. At this time of year when the colony starts to build nests, the team make sure that the right number and size of pebbles are available for the birds to present to each other during courtship rituals."

The team here will always do whatever it takes to ensure the highest standards of welfare and care are maintained. We are proud of The Deep, and our passion for marine life will continue to shine through during this difficult time, and you can safely say, we are doing it with a smile.

As a charity, The Deep’s financial reserves are limited, so we’re asking you, our friends and supporters, to consider making a donation to help us continue this work. Every donation, large or small makes such a difference. To date, we have raised over £30,000, so we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated.

But there’s still a long way to go, and with an unknown length of closure, we still need your help. If you can help, simply click here and go to the DONATE button at the bottom of the page - you can donate via PayPal or on a credit/debit card.

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Opening Times

The Deep is open daily from 9am – 6pm (last entry 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.

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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

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