21st October 2020

The Deep have been inundated with generous donations of crochet coral and sea life, after launching Project Crochet on 12 September for International Crochet Day 2020.

A call was put out across social media to all The Deep’s crocheting supporters to create and donate items which would form a new exhibit in the reception for October half term.

The Deep were inundated with amazingly detailed corals, shells and animals including starfish, seahorses, pufferfish and more. The project saw families coming together to work on creations together.

There was amazing support from Hull including local crochet group Babes in the Wool as well as donations from further afield including Leicester, North Lincolnshire, Grantham, Colchester, Northumberland and North Shields.

Katy Duke, CEO said “The Deep is financially going through a very challenging time and we were not in a position to be able to create a new display for October half term by ourselves. Launching the crochet project in September was primarily a way in which we hoped to engage with our supporters, harness their talent and involve them in a little project which would result in a small display at The Deep, however the response has been amazing! Donations have been flooding in ever since and the result is a fantastic coral reef! 

We are so grateful for every ones hard work, imagination and skills. Coral reefs, are in effect, underwater cities containing so much life, diversity and colour which is why it has come together so well. Everyone’s contributions have created the perfect reef and it’s a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the importance of biodiversity and the need to protect our environment. A huge thank you to all who have donated their time and creations to create our community reef”.

The Deep’s resident coral expert, Seb Prajsnar was involved in the build of the display, ensuring as much accuracy as possible on the positioning of particular species. He commented “It’s fantastic to see the efforts our supporters have gone to, the detail on some of the coral and sea life is so accurate, I am really impressed”.

Visitors can see view the crochet display within The Deep’s reception area free of charge, face coverings must be worn and social distancing must be adhered to. For those wishing to visit the aquarium, tickets must be pre-booked at 



9th September 2020

The Deep is delighted to have been awarded bronze in the education category of the BIAZA Annual Awards for a training programme delivered to Hull University 3rd year students in IUCN Red List assessments.

The Deep has been supporting species conservation and Red List assessments for four years, via its IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List Officer, working with the IUCN Species Survival Commission.

The IUCN Red List has been assessing the extinction threat faced by species around the world for over 50 years. It is the most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of the world’s species. Driving conservation actions towards threatened species and enabling conservationists to reduce or prevent extinctions.

The aim of the project was to deliver the unique IUCN Red List training programme to undergraduate university students, providing them with real-world conservation skills and experience.

Including such training as part of a degree programme was a novel approach, broadening student learning opportunities. The Deep has supported University of Hull student learning (undergraduate and postgraduate) for many years through project facilitation and mentoring. Offering students a Red Listing module was a natural progression to share the experience of Deep staff and diversify learning experiences.

Students spent time researching, analysing and writing Red List assessments for species in the UK. The results of the student’s assessments will be collated for potential inclusion in National Species Status Updates with Natural England. These species reports form a headline indicator for governmental biodiversity conservation under the 25 year environment plan published in 2019. 

The impact of human activities and climate change on species and the planet are not going away, we need to secure a stable future for all. As such, collaboration in conservation is key. This award recognises the value and achievement of a successful conservation partnership right on our doorstep. 



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.

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