Our brand new Lagoon has re-opened to the public today following a £500,000 refusbishment project. Home to hundreds of tropical fish as well as our own juvenile Zebra sharks, born and bred here at The Deep, this exhibit represents where the rainforests meet the reef.
It reflects the diversity of aquatic life and unique habitats found in and around many of the islands and archipelagos in the western Pacific ocean, from Tropical North Queensland to the outer islands of Palau in Micronesia as well as boasting amazing new corals and large mangrove trees, which are both very important to the health of a coral reef and its surrounding coastline. They provide an essential nursery ground for a number of species amongst their submerged root system. It also features a wave machine that replicates the tidal movements of a true coastal habitat so our animals feel right at home.
Residents include a variety of Tang species, Butterflyfish, Stars and Stripes Pufferfish and Moorish Idols as well as Zebra sharks, Blue Spot stingrays, Epaulette sharks and Blue Spotted Ribbontail rays.
ZEBRA SHARK SMOS JOINS ENDLESS OCEAN
7th March 2017
We have an exciting new addition to our Endless Ocean display, a Zebra shark called Smos who has joined us from Aquatopia in Belgium. Measuring in at over 2 metres, he a mature male shark, who we hope will form a breeding pair with our existing female in the coming years.
His name means ‘messy eater’ and is also a name for an overfilled sandwich in Dutch! You can tell him apart from our existing female Zebra shark because he has more and darker spots, is a little smaller, and has a slight kink in his tail!
SEA TURTLES ARRIVE AT THE DEEP
1st March 2017
The Deep is delighted to announce the arrival of two Loggerhead Sea Turtles named Sensa and Mabouche. Measuring at just over 1m in size, Mabouche is the youngest of the pair at 15 years old and weighs 40kg and Sensa is slightly older at 25, weighing in at around 100kg.
Both turtles are missing their lower jaws as a result of being caught on a long line in the Mediterranean, meaning they could never be released back into the wild as they wouldn’t be able to feed. Following a rehabilitation programme at a centre in Italy, they were homed at Aquatopia in Belgiumm but sadly the aquarium has had to close its doors.
Both turtles have settled in really well and have fantastic personalities. Sensa has already made it known to our divers that she really likes to have her neck tickled and loves to explore (often trying to have a nosey into things she shouldn't). Mabouche has some healed damage to her carapace where she was hit by a boat propeller and as a result, she has some nerve damage and tends not to use her back flippers much. So to help her build up strength, the team carry out ‘sea turtle aerobics’ which consists of us offering up resistance so she has to push against us and use her flippers.