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.
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.
DEEP REACHES 7 MILLION VISITORS
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!
GENTOO PENGUINS OFF SHOW
6th November 2017
From Monday 13 November, the penguins will not be on show for approximately 4 weeks due to essential maintenance work being carried out. During this time, a new floor will be fitted to their home and guests may notice a slight odour near this area as the work is carried out.
We expect the penguins to return in time for Christmas but will provide updates as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
SHARK EGG CASE HUNT RESULTS
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!
The Deep takes the safety and security of its staff and visitors seriously and continue to work with Counter Terrorism Police Officers to review security regimes on a regular basis. Whilst the details of such plans cannot be shared we have in place measures to respond to changes in the threat levels for international terrorism. In light of recent events the security within the building and external spaces has been reviewed.
For the safety and reassurance of visitors, The Deep reserves the right to carry out random bag searches at reception. To avoid delays, please avoid bringing large bags and rucksacks.