The Deep News - September 2016



22nd September 2016

Aquarists at The Deep have finally been able to discover the sex of the two penguin chicks which hatched back in June this year from DNA in a tail feather. The first chick to have hatched from parents Nessie and Shackleton is a male and will be named after the well-known naturalist Sir David Attenborough. The second chick from parents Leo and Diane is female and will be named Lizzie in honour of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 

The Deep wrote to inform Sir David Attenborough of his namesake and received a hand written reply stating he is 'greatly flattered that we have given our new Gentoo his name' and congratulating The Deep on 'all we are doing to further conservation causes'. Lizzie and Attenborough are now fully grown and living happily with our adult birds. 



21st September 2016

The Deep, Hull Maritime Museum and the Hull and East Riding Museum have joined forces to contribute to a global study for sawfish conservation alongside researchers from all over the world. They aim to explore the differences between sawfish species as well as between the current and historic genetic diversity of sawfishes to generate a better understanding of these animals.

The data collected for the aptly named See-A-Saw campaign is being submitted directly to the Sawfish Conservation Society and will not only benefit conservation oriented studies, but after analysis, will also provide valuable information to the museums on these artefacts.  Sawfish have limited protection under regional government legislations and were historically killed for their long tooth-lined rostrum, often for Chinese traditional medicine and trophies. International trade is now prohibited as a number of species are listed under Appendix I of CITES (Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species). Dried rostra and specimens however are still a valued educational tool in natural history and are commonly displayed or used in museum and zoological learning. 

The Sawfish Conservation Society aims to generate a wider awareness of all sawfish species and their threats as well as providing a valuable portal for researchers, fishers, aquarists and other marine stake holders to communicate and maximise research and conservation efforts. In Hull alone, the team have already unearthed 13 rostra, which is beleived to stem from the city's rich maritime history. but we would encourage everyone to report any rostrum they may have.



20th September 2016

Find out what The Deep is all about as we launch our new mantra. We are much more than just a visitor attraction. Put simply we are 'For the oceans, for their future'....

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