The Deep News - November 2017



23rd November 2017

Floe, a stunning new projection, sound and light event created by acclaimed UK artists Heinrich and Palmer, will show for three nights from Friday 8 December to Sunday 10 December right here at The Deep. Floe will (virtually) remodel the architecture and façade of The Deep and will be the final commission in Hull 2017’s Look Up programme of artworks in the public realm. 

The extraordinary new projection will explore the nature and inspiration behind The Deep, from its unique design and structure, to its position today as major visitor attraction and international conservation and research charity. Using a mash up of film, modelling, mapping and projection, Heinrich and Palmer explore the material, form and surface qualities of The Deep. The projections will chart the geological and biological processes which inspired the building and the rich aquatic life and environments within it’s walls. 

Anna Heinrich and Leon Palmer are two UK based artists who have worked in collaboration since 1991. Their artworks range from photographic and light installations to large scale projection events and public art interventions. This latest commission transforms The Deep, creating new identities and hinting at ancient associations, linking to Hull’s historical and modern relationship with the sea. Inspiration and content has also been taken from geological and tectonic processes, ice and rock, marine life and landscapes. 



8th November 2017

This week we are proud to be hosting the BIAZA Educators and Presenters Conference, welcoming 86 delegates from 42 zoos and aquariums throughout the UK and beyond, including the Zoological Society of London, Chester Zoo, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Paignton Zoo, Blue Planet Aquarium and National Marine Aquarium.

Learning through experience is a huge part of what zoos and aquariums aim to deliver, an essential part of both formal and informal learning experiences. Across the two day conference, participants will be focusing their attention around immersive learning. By exploring different methods of interactive experiences and ways of inspiring their visitors to take an interest in the natural world, they aim to continue to develop successful and light-hearted communication of conservation and species education.

In a constantly changing world, new technologies are being developed at a rapid rate. Meetings such as these are essential to the success of zoological education, to ensure that we too are keeping up with the times. As well as written interpretation, the realm of augmented reality is another concept that must be explored to potentially heighten the immersive learning experience. 



7th November 2017

We are thrilled to announce we have reached our 7 millionth visitor in the year of City of Culture 2017!

Having opened our doors to the public 15 years ago, The Deep has gone from strength to strength, and is still attracting over 450,000 guests each year.

We are committed to providing a fun-filled day out for all our visitors but The Deep is about so much more....

With our loyal visitors' continued support, we are able invest in new exhibits, carry out pioneering research and support vital conservation projects, both here in the UK and all around the world. Our dedication to marine conservation has led to partnerships with globally renowned organisations such as Equipe Cousteau and the team at Cousteau Divers on a project to protect manta rays in Sudan, the IUCN helping to assess marine species and contributing to the protection of endangered species and Secore International helping with coral conservation.

We couldn’t have achieved this without our ‘fintastic’ visitors and supporters, so a big thank you and here’s to the next milestone!



4th November 2017

The results are in! Thank you to all who attended our most recent shark egg case hunt at Spurn Point in partnership with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. 5 egg cases were found which have been measured and logged as belonging to Lesser spotted dogfish ( also known as Small spotted catshark).  These sharks are fairly common around European waters and can grow up to about 80cm. Their eggs are laid 2 at a time and the female may lay as many as 5-7 eggs per week during the breeding season (November to July). 

The Great Eggcase Hunt was established in 2003 by The Shark Trust and has been engaging the public in hunting for spent shark, skate and ray eggcases along the UK coastline ever since. Thanks to supporters, they now have an extensive and ever expanding database of eggcase records, which continues to provide us with crucial information about the distribution of British sharks, skates and rays.

With over 100,000 individual eggcase records submitted, the Great Eggcase Hunt is a phenomenon!

Learn more about the national egg case hunt results here. The map shows all eggcases submitted to the project since it began in 2003 - click on a point to find out the species, quantity and specific location. Please note that not all of these records have been verified (photos or specimens must be sent to the Shark Trust in order for them to be listed as verified), therefore some species records may not be accurate.

Why not become a Citizen Science and hunt for shark egg cases next time you are at the beach? Download the identification sheets here and don't forget to log your findings with The Shark Trust! 



2nd November 2017

Last night we had the privilege of welcoming Pierre-Yves Cousteau with friends from the Cousteau Society to celebrate the launch of our latest art exhibition by world acclaimed duo Fish & Olive Gallery.

A great time was had by all and we were delighted to raise over £5,000 which will go towards training of Marine Rangers to patrol Marine Protected Areas off the coast of Sudan, which is a known aggregation site for the Manta ray and other precious wildlife.

This area has been the site of a Manta ray project which The Deep has been involved with since 2011 alongside Equipe Cousteau. The rays' movements are being studied so we can learn how they use the area in order to help protect them and their future.

Among the items that were auctioned were jewellery and ceramics designed and crafted by Alexander Reichardt and Katharina Bolesch of Fish & Olive, experience days from The Deep and signed copies of Des Hannigan's book - The Almost Island.

A huge thank you to everyone who attended and donated to this great cause!


Photo from left to right: Apostolos Stylianopoulos (Cousteau Society), Tarik Chekchak (Director of Science and Environment at The Cousteau Society), Alexander Recihardt (Fish & Olive Gallery), Katy Duke (CEO The Deep), Katharina Bolesch (Fish & Olive Gallery), Pierre-Yves Cousteau (President of Cousteau Divers) and Clara Gomez Castany (Cousteau Society).

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