The Deep News - February 2018



20th February 2018

Every year The Deep welcomes a small number of students behind the scenes, allowing them to undertake crucial research for their end of year thesis, focusing on the marine environment.

By looking into topics such as behaviour, reproduction, feeding and habitats - to name a few - they are not only working to complete their studies, but their findings can play a crucial role in the continual development of species management within aquariums.

Many of our students come form Hull University and are studying for either their Bachelors or Masters Degree in Marine Biology, Zoology or similar subjects. These studies have allowed them to progress onto complete a PhD in their chosen topic or provided them with the knowledge and experience needed to undertake conservation work out in the field and across the globe. 

Choon (pictured) is one of our 2018 students. She is currently in her 3rd year at Hull Univeristy where she is completing a her degree in Zoology. Choon is researching our  Blue Spotted Ribbontail Rays and the Blue Spot Rays within the Lagoon of Light. By examining the behavioural interactions between the two species during feed times, such as food competition, she hopes to establish if there is a dominance hierarchy present between the two separate species alongside the hierarchy that is already evident between individuals of the same species. Similar interactions between the rays and Zebra sharks will also be explored.

Other topics being researched this year include: Sophie is invesitgating behaviour and communication in Gentoo penguins; Matt is measuring the production of planular larvae in corals in repsonse to the type of food consumed and the light they are exposed to, to identify the best conditions for optimal reproduction within aquariums and Jessica is working to develop a Health Index for Corals. Jessica is comparing two seperate species of corals, using their photosynthetic activity and polyp extension as a measure of health in response to various factors such as food, salinity, light and air exposure.

You may see them around the aquarium with a dashing blue clip board or armed with a go-pro camera. We wish them the best of luck with their studies and the final production of their research dissertation later in the year. 



7th February 2018

Our used cooking oil from the cafe and Two Rivers Restaurant is collected and recycled! EYB Oil Solutions is a Hull based business specialising in turning oils and fats into clean energy. 

After collecting the oil it is taken to a processing plant where it goes through a filtration process, allowing it to be used for a variety of energy needs. Most of the oil is turned into biofuel for vehicles, with the rest being sold to the grid for residential energy. Gav has a great passion for his local area and the environment and we think he is a star! You can learn more about his business on his website

Did you know?

• More than 3,000 homes are flooded in the UK each year because of fat, oil and grease blockages
• £90 million is spent every year on clearing fat, oil and grease blockages across the country – money that could be passed to you in savings
• As well as causing blockages leading to flooding, build-ups of fat, oil and grease can also put waste water pumping stations out of action

• The Deep uses rapeseed oil provided by AAK Oil.  Rapeseed oil has a high smoke point meaning it lasts longer than other types of oil. It is also low in saturated fats, contains lots of vitamin E and is grown locally!



2nd February 2018

The Deep is delighted to welcome a stunning photographic gallery of marine creatures from underwater photographer Nuno Vasco Rodrigues. His gallery demonstrates life, large and small, and captures the beauty and fragility of the underwater world.

Nuno works as the Assistant Curator at Oceanário de Lisboa and as a researcher at MARE-IPLeiria in Portugal. He has a special interest on fish ecology and uses his images as a tool for research, conservation and education, and as such, has published a variety of scientific papers on the life he has studied.

He is the author of the book Marine Fishes of Portugal and co-author of two books about marine fauna, one of which is currently being finalised (Marine Fishes of São Tomé & Principe, Africa). His photos have been published in exhibitions, newspapers, magazines and both national and international books. Nuno has been passionate about the ocean and its inhabitants from a very young age, he became SCUBA certified in 2000 and hasn’t stopped diving since.

Nuno’s work has only once been seen in the UK once as part of the 2017 Manchester Science Festival, but has not featured as part of a longstanding exhibit. 

Katy Duke, CEO at The Deep is thrilled to give Nuno the opportunity to display his images here at The Deep. Having worked together for many years through The Deeps partnership with Oceanário de Lisboa, she feels it is afantastic chance not only to be able to showcase a diversity of species but also the important relationships aquariums across the world forge. We are all working together to protect our world’s oceans, so exhibiting Nuno’s stunning images is a wonderful way to celebrate this.

Nuno Vasco Rodrigues has praised The Deep for the work it is doing and commented on how he feels it is a great honour to have the opportunity to display my work at such a renowned organisation that is actively engaged in marine conservation and education. Hull´s maritime history, makes The Deep a great location to engage audiences with the marine environment.

The gallery is free to view and can be found on the third floor of The Deep. Nuno’s images will be on display from Friday 2 February 2018 until the end of January 2019.

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