The Deep News - December 2018



28th December 2018

The Deep is proud to have been awarded a top prize at this year’s Loo of the Year Awards!

The Deep was the Individual Categories Trophy winner against strong competition from national companies and other major UK and Ireland trophy winners, including Danfo (UK), Lakeside Village Outlet Shopping Centre Doncaster, McDonald's, Paultons Park, The Phoenix Centre in Sandwich and the University of Worcester. The winners were selected from entries in 61 entry categories across all market sectors.

Our submission included the recently refurbished first floor toilets, which are themed with graphics designed in house and installed by local exhibition and sign company, John E Wright. These toilets also boast many enivronemental features including a vanity unit made form Recycloo – a material formed from recycled plastic bottles and yoghurt pots.

Also included in the submission was our Changing Places facility, which has been received very well by the local community since its installation in March 2018 and contributed greatly to our accessibility provisions, something The Deep prides itself on.

Mike Bone Managing Director of Loo of the Year Awards said “ The Deep washrooms were very attractive with aquarium themed images throughout. They were fully equipped, exceptionally clean and deserved the National Award and UK Trophy received when entering Loo of the Year Awards for the first time.”



18th December 2018

There's nothing better then spreading a little festive cheer at Christmas... and we are delighted to have been able to help the wonderful staff and patients on Ward 130 at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust Hull Royal Infirmary.

The staff working on Ward 130 who look after sick babies, children and young people, made a public appeal earlier this month for help from the public to bring festive cheer to their ward and the neighbouring paediatric ward this Christmas. They were keen for new graphics and decor that embraces the city’s fishing heritage and reflects the success of The Deep. 

The Deep’s in-house Graphic Designer worked alongside local exhibition and print company, John E Wright, to create some colourful animal themed graphics, including seascapes for the corridor, a jungle themed treatment room and a shark infested private room for teenagers. The donation comes at a time of year when we start to think about how we can help those in the city, and we hope that this small gesture will bring a bit of colour and brightness to a place where no one wants to see their children at Christmas.

The team are still fund raising for other parts of the ward so if you are can make a donation, no matter how small, cheques can be sent, made out to the WISHH Charity and send them to Helen Lyon, Junior Sister, Ward 130, Hull Royal Infirmary, Anlaby Road, Hull, HU3 1JZ. You can also make a donation to the WISHH Charity's Just Giving page marking your donation with the phrase WALLSTICKERS.



7th December 2018

Due to a high level of enquiries in response to the local media coverage on the proposed cruise terminal, please find The Deep's position statement below:

Having expressed concerns to Hull City Council over the last two years, The Deep has since continued to engage, listen and express its concerns. We do not feel that the progression of the plans so far lend evidence to suggest our concerns can ever be addressed. Therefore The Deep cannot support Hull City Council’s plans to build a cruise terminal in the proposed location.

The proposal creates a number of threats that potentially jeopardise the future of The Deep as an iconic visitor attraction for the city and an education, research and animal conservation centre of international repute.

Our concerns include:

  • The potential serious impact of noise and vibration on the welfare of our animals, concerns which are reflected by expert opinions throughout the aquarium community worldwide.
  • The air pollution issues associated with many cruise ships currently in operation. Similar concerns resulted in the recent rejection of the cruise terminal at Greenwich.
  • The potential loss of visitors and reputation during the development and operation of a cruise terminal as a result of traffic congestion on approach roads Citadel Way & Tower Street, making The Deep difficult to access.
  • The operational logistics of this scheme in addition to the established operations of The Deep and the business centre making this site unworkable. 
  • Potential loss of charity income as a result of significant disruption to, and loss of, our Business Centre tenants.

The Deep fully supports Hull City Council in the regeneration of the city and its ambition to create a Cruise Terminal, as long as the focus is on a ‘clean’ (onshore power) port on a less congested site. As it stands, we are unable to support the current proposal on our site.



4th December 2018

Following on from completing her training period earlier in the year, Deep Aquarist, Shoshana, has returned to the New England Aquarium Turtle Rehabilitation Centre in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Over the 3 weeks, she will be putting into practise valuable skills that aim to save the lives of hundreds of sea turtles.

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, as many as 800 turtles do not make the journey in time. Trapped by the hook shape of the bay, the turtles can 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, emaciation, dehydration or injuries. 

Thrown into the thick of it this past week, Shoshana has been working days and nights with the team, assisting in the rehabilitation of stranded turtles, administering immediate and vital care to get them back onto the road of recovery.

Shoshana says “We have had around 400 turtles admitted to the centre already. It’s proving to be one of their busiest seasons so far, which has included a 300lb Loggerhead, the largest they have ever rescued. The size and condition of her carapace suggests she is very old, but we cannot for sure say what age she may be”

“I have been getting quite involved as the turtles arrive at the centre. Raising the turtle’s body temperature is a delicate process, increasing it too quickly can cause more damage. So when they come in, they all go into pools at 12.5°C, this is then increased by 5 degrees each day until they are well enough to go into the largest pool, which is maintained at 22°C.

“The coldest I have encountered this past week was a Kemp ridley’s turtle whose internal temperature was 7.4°C - it was so cold in my hands, I couldn’t believe it was still alive! For extreme case like these, where the turtle is very weak and not breathing well, they are offered more assistance. They are placed on a neoprene ‘surfboard’ to help keep them afloat in the water until they are strong enough to break the surface and take good breaths on their own”.

Each turtle in the centre is continually and critically assessed until they are deemed strong enough to return to the ocean and complete their migration down to warmer waters. With two more weeks of work ahead, Shoshana is keeping us updated on her time at the centre. Stay tuned for more news soon.


Across the globe, there are seven different species of Sea turtle living in our world’s oceans, all of which are registered on the IUCN Red List. Six of these – Green, Leatherback, Kemp Ridley’s, Loggerhead and the Olive Ridley – can be found throughout the oceans, in both warm and cold waters. The seventh species, the Flatback turtle, lives only in Australia.

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