The Deep News - June 2018



21st June 2018

We are delighted to have received a silver award for our stunning Lagoon of Light exhibit at the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums Annual Gala Event earlier this month. After 6 months working alongside specialist exhibit designers and scenic artists it re-opened in spring 2017. Since its reveal, the new look Lagoon of Light has proven to be a huge hit amongst visitors and staff alike.

The bulk of the construction and theming was carried out in house along with supplementary work from the designers and life support specialists. Very little of the exhibit is ‘off the shelf’. Boasting an abundance of colourful fish, small sharks and stingrays, this once palm-lined, sandy beach has been transformed into a lush, tropical mangrove reef, based upon an island from the Palau archipelago.

Aside from improving the overall ‘look’ of the exhibit, emphasis was also placed on upgrading the life support systems. By installing a hidden wave surge device and new pumps, we have dramatically increased the water flow which allows us to maintain a continued high level of water quality. Removing the ceiling above the exhibit meant we could upgrade the lighting system, letting us include sunrise, dusk and moon phases, enforcing essential behavioural and reproductive cues for a number of species within the habitat.

The immersive display draws you into life on the reef. With touch screen interpretation, visitors are free to explore their favourite creatures within the habitat. Presentations and scatter feeds are carried out at the Lagoon every day at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm, providing our visitors a fun and informative opportunity to learn more about our animals.



16th June 2018

Saturday 16 June is World Sea Turtle Day! It is so important to conserve these amazing animals. As well as the human activities that threaten their future, it is estimated that as few as 1 in 1,000 marine turtle eggs will survive to adulthood. 

Sea turtles are particularly vulnerable to plastic pollution as they use their beaks to test out objects in the water and often mistake plastic bags for jellyfish, one of their favourite foods! 

Worldwide, six of the seven sea turtle species are classified as threatened or endangered due to human actions and lifestyles. Their biggest threats include:

  • Entanglement in fishing gear
  • Poaching and illegal trade of eggs, meat, and shells
  • Coastal development
  • Plastic and other marine debris
  • Global warming
  • Ocean pollution
  • Turtleshell Trade

The Deep's two Loggerhead sea turtles, Sensa and MaBouche, were victims of fishing gear that was left in the Mediterranean sea. They were rescued from being entangled in the long lines and subsequently cannot feed on their own, meaning they cannot survive in the wild.

Despite their amazing features and adaptations, six of the seven sea turtle species are considered critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, and the seventh is listed as data deficient. The Deep has been working to help sick and injured sea turtles at New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts. Here they rescue and rehabilitate hundreds of injured and sick sea turtles that get stranded on the shores near the aquarium every year. Learn more about this project here.

What are you doing to celebrate sea turtles today? Let us know by tweeting @thedeephull !

FREE DOWNLOAD! Check out this Loggerhead sea turtle poster.



4th June 2018

A huge thank you to everyone who joined us for the egg case hunt at the weekend with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, we found an astounding 562 egg cases! The majority of these were Small-spotted catshark, but also included those from the Spotted ray and the Thornback ray.

Usually, stumbling across a small number of egg cases is a fantastic achievement – they can be quite tricky to find. However due to the storms that have hit our coastline these past 6 months, egg cases are being washed up in much greater numbers. This indicates that our native shark and ray populations are healthy and thriving, however with many egg cases washing up having not yet hatched, it is uncertain what this could mean for their numbers for the coming years.

The Yorkshire coastline and that heading up toward the North East have been, in comparison to the rest of the country, severely lacking in data. By reporting your finds to The Shark Trust they are able to use this information to regularly monitor the state of shark populations and identify any anomalies that require immediate attention.

This recent and dramatic increase highlights the vital importance of submitting shark egg case finds to The Shark Trust. They are able to use this data to map important nursery grounds and population numbers to inform and implement conservation action to help protect these animals.

The Deep will be making their submissions to the Shark Trust for inclusion into their data base. For more information on how you too can do this, visit the Shark Trust website

For more information on our upcoming egg case hunt events please email us. 

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