The Deep News - September 2019



27th September 2019

We are pleased to host a fascinating collection of sawfish rostra from the Horniman Museum and Gardens, London. This is part of the ‘Object in Focus’ project funded by the Arts Council England, with the aim of improving public access to collections.

The display will be with us from 27 September 2019 to 1 April 2020 and highlights the current threats to the five recognised species of sawfish and their decline including fishing and environmental changes which are having a significant impact on sawfish numbers leading to them all being listed as Endangered or Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List (International Union for Conservation of Nature).

Learn more about the Citizen Science Project ‘See a Saw’ with the aim of locating as many sawfish specimens around the world to create a clearer picture of historical sizes, numbers and geographical ranges.



25th September 2019

The top floor of Hull Royal Infirmary is now vibrant with colour and images of marine life. The highest part of the tower block is where the poorliest children in the area are provided with medical care and support, and this week it received a beautiful facelift. Sue Stephenson, the High Sheriff of East Riding of Yorkshire and WISHH Charity Chairman, officially unveiled the new look Coral Ward 130 after £6,500 was raised through the WISHH charity to enhance the ward environment.

As a result of incredible public generosity together with support from the AMB Charitable Trust and funding as part of the Trusts Arts Strategy; woodwork has been painted in calming blue and pastel colours and members of Ward 130 staff have worked alongside the team at The Deep to create aquatic inspired artwork, including dolphins and penguin transfers to reflect the city’s fishing history and the success of The Deep. Those cubicles used by older children are brightly decorated and have sunflowers and trees incorporated into their designs.

The playroom, corridors and treatment rooms have also being decorated and our own fish tunnel created as a result of the amazing support received improving the overall ward environment.

High Sheriff, Sue Stephenson said; “This art project has created a bold, bright, beautiful, magical, underwater kingdom for children who have come into the hospital. The parents and children who I spoke to love it, and staff say it is a wonderful distraction for children undergoing treatment.

“Huge thanks go to the ward staff for their vision along with the team at the Deep and supporters who backed this campaign, without whose help this couldn’t have happened”

Junior Sister Helen Lyon said; “We can’t thank everyone enough for their fantastic support of our appeal, including the team at John E Wright Print and Signage who installed the stickers. It has made such a difference to the children we care for, helping lift their spirits as we look after them in this wonderful and bright environment.”



19th September 2019

The Deep is proud to support the sunflower lanyard scheme which offers people with conditions such as autism, dementia or sensory impairment a way to be discreetly identifiable, by wearing the lanyards, pin badges or other sunflower items allowing us to be aware they may need additional time or support during their visit. It has been successfully introduced to a number of major UK airports, supermarkets, railway stations, sports venues and is now looking to be acknowledged by attractions throughout the UK, so we are delighted to introduce this into the tourism market. 

Visitors can get lanyards from a number of places including the Hidden Disabilities Store, participating Sainsbury's stores, UK airports (please contact them before your flight to request a lanyard) and The Deep's own reception.



19th September 2019

Remember Munchkin the Loggerhead sea turtle? Deep Aquarist, Shoshana assisted New England Aquarium in her rehabilitation and release at Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA in July. Before her release, Munchkin was fitted with a satellite tag so the care team could watch her progress and see where she travelled to. Loggerheads migrate for thousands of miles, but gaining data on a turtle at this stage of life is extremely rare.

Munchkin's satellite tag gives her exact GPS location. This means that it not only accurately shows us exactly what her movements are, but that it would be possible to find her based on the information on the tag if she ever got in trouble or didn't make her way south as the temperatures cool down. This would give the team the option to find her and make a decision on how to best help her at that point.

As you can see, Munchkin is still heading South and has travelled a fair distance. Click here to see her movements. 

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