The Deep News - March 2018



28th March 2018

The Deep has sent an Aquarist to the USA to help save injured sea turtles. Shoshana is currently on a mission at New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts, to help rescue and rehabilitate hundreds of injured and sick sea turtles that get stranded on the shores near the aquarium every year. They are then cared for at the New England Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre before being released back into the wild.

As this time of year is relatively quiet for their team, which has allowed them to teach Shoshana the skills needed to health check the turtles and get them ready for release, so that when the busy winter months arrive and the number of stranded sea turtles increases, Shoshana can return to help with immediate effect.

As winter approaches, sea turtles should make their way south to warmer tropical waters as the waters around Cape Cod Bay becomes too cold.

However, each year some number of  turtles do not make the journey in time. Trapped by the hook shape of the bay, the turtles become disoriented. When the water reaches about 10°C by mid-November, the turtles are too cold to eat, drink, or swim, and become “cold-stunned.” Often they are suffering from life-threatening hypothermia, emaciated, dangerously dehydrated, or suffering from injuries. 

The Centre makes an invaluable contribution to the health of the turtles and the wider eco-system by taking the stranded turtles from the beach back to their Rescue Centre at the Aquarium, giving them health checks and treating their injuries, beofre releasing them back into the sea so they can continue on their journey.

We are very proud of Shoshana and to be part of such a great mission with the staff at New England Aquarium. We look forward to giving you updates on this fantastic project in the future. 



13th March 2018

The Deep in Hull has today donated £25,000 to the Penguin Specialist Group working on behalf of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC) to help pave the way in saving these threatened species.

Highlighted in recent news, the effect of global warming and climate change is having a huge impact on penguin hunting grounds. The warming waters are driving food sources further away from established nesting sites, exhausting the adults and increasing the risk of starvation to their chicks. They are simply unable to adapt to the increasingly changing environment.

These funds, raised by The Deep’s generous customers, dropping loose change into a number of ‘money spinners’ within the building, will be used to create a worldwide Penguin Conservation Strategy which will go on to inform future plans and conservation actions.

The Penguin Specialist Group consists of over 50 members, representing the world’s leading expertise on the conservation, research and management of all 18 penguin species across the globe. Having met in 2016, the newly formed group are working to compile up to date knowledge and accurately re-assess populations and identify threats for all penguin species for the IUCN Red List.

This is a crucial step forward in protecting the world’s penguin populations. Planning and prioritising conservation efforts for penguins as a holistic approach is hugely beneficial for conservation actions and gives a greater platform to share conservation stories from within the field. The development of this crucial document will lay the foundations to strategise a viable conservation plan and identify the global priorities and resources required to stabilise penguin populations into the future.



2nd March 2018

We are very pleased to announce that The Deep now has a Changing Places facility. This facility meets needs that a normal accessible toilet cannot. It provides more space and extra equipment allowing those with additional needs and their carers to use the toilet safely and comfortably. 

The room includes a bench, hoist, adjustable basin and mirror, centrally placed toilet and privacy screen. It is open to any who needs it, not just those visiting The Deep and can be found on the Ground Floor near the lifts. It can be accessed using a radar key, which our reception staff can provide if you don't have your own. 

We thank the Sir James Reckitt charity for their contribution towards this wonderful new facility.

To find out more information on this facility see our Access Guide. 

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