The Deep News - May 2017



31st May 2017

The Deep has welcomed Spotted lagoon jellyfish from Oceanario de Lisboa, another new species! On arrival, they were only babies (ephyrae) and had plenty of growing to do. Now fully formed adults, they have gone onto display in Cool Seas zone for visitors to enjoy.

Since their arrival, The Deeps specialist jellyfish aquarists have managed to breed them and rear more to adulthood in just a few short months. These jellyfish (Mastigias papua) can grow 10-30cm in diameter and can either feed on tiny zooplankton or generate their own food, using sunlight to photosynthesise the algae carried within their body. They are strong swimmers and travel the ocean in small swarms following the path of the sun before descending to the depths at nightfall. Their trailing oral arms are armed with paralysing stinging cells to subdue their prey. Also used to deter predators, these cells are highly irritant and can cause rashes and nausea. Many young fish use this stinging ‘nest’ as a refuge and can often be seen swimming inside these tentacles to steer clear of predators.



31st May 2017

We are delighted to be joining with other aquariums in Europe in a global awareness strategy about marine litter. The World Aquaria Against Marine Litter is a campaign organised by the EU Maritime and Fish organisation and so far, 10 other collections have also pedged their support. 

It is estimated that by 2050 our seas could contain more plastic than fish, due to the millions of tonnes that find their way into the ocean each year.

To highlight this issue, we have filled one of our displays in Cool Seas with rubbish found on beaches in the local area. By educating our visitors on the impact of plastics on the oceans in this vivid way, we hope that our visitors will take home a serious message and  work with us all to help eradicate marine litter.



2nd May 2017

The Deep has appointed a new Chief Executive to take over the reins from Colin Brown, following his retirement earlier this month. Katy Duke, formally The Deep’s Curator has been appointed as his successor with immediate effect. 

Beating off stiff competition from all over the UK, Katy’s commitment and passion for The Deep shone through in the interview process and the board felt that she was the best placed to take the attraction forward.

A Marine Biology graduate, Katy’s career began at Deep Sea World in Scotland in 1995, before relocating to Hull in 2001. This is when her Deep journey began as a Senior Aquarist. She quickly progressed to Assistant Curator in 2004 and once again excelled in 2008, when she became Curator and manager of the Husbandry Department.

In recent years, Katy has taken The Deep’s conservation and research agenda to a global audience, speaking about projects being carried out by our dedicated team of experts at conferences in Europe, the USA and further afield. She has driven forward major conservation strategies such as the unique project to fund the first IUCN Marine Red List Officer which has now paved the way for other similar partnerships to develop around the globe.

Katy is currently the European studbook keeper for Sawfish, working internationally with other aquariums to raise awareness for this critically endangered family of sharks. She is also a Director for the British and Irish Association for Zoos and Aquariums and is a member of the European Union of Aquarium Curators. 



1st May 2017

We've brewed up a storm so don't miss our Pint of Science event right here in Hull next week. We're bringing some brilliant minds to local pubs to discuss their latest research and findings. This is your chance to meet the people responsible for the future of science (and have a pint with them!).

With amazing talks at venues across Hull including FRüIT, The Minerva, Thieving Harry's, Butler Whites and right here at The Deep, there's something to grab everyone's imagination. Topics include winning the fight against cancer, life beneath the waves, journey inside the human body, animal madness and much more!

Tickets cost just £4 and admit you to a full evening of talks at your chosen venue. Get your tickets here.

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