The Deep News - July 2020



23rd July 2020

The Deep is delighted to announce a Community Partnership with distinguished Hull company, Arco. Through a Community Partnership, the Deep with the help of Arco are preparing to re-open the doors to the public on the 27 July and begin a new chapter.

This natural partnership will build on the mutual values of both organisations who have always shared a home in the City of Hull. Arco and The Deep are equally dedicated to promoting the continued health and prosperity of the Humber region and re-building a strong future for our area and for the people who share our city.

Katy Duke, CEO The Deep explained “The closure of The Deep in response to Covid-19 has had long lasting financial implications on our charity and has changed the landscape for the foreseeable future. The Community Partnership with Arco has given us the support we needed to re-open our doors and prepare for a challenging and different future. At our core, both our organisations care about conservation, our community and the future of our city. We are delighted to be re-opening on the 27 July and welcoming our visitors back.”

Katy continues “We are extremely grateful for all the support shown to us over the last few months and our partnership with Arco, such an eminent organisation in the city, has been invaluable in helping ensure that The Deep will be a safe and enjoyable day out for all of our visitors.”

The Deep crew have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure government guidelines are adhered to, offering a safe and clean environment for visitors to enjoy. Noticeable changes will include         directional signage, hand sanitising stations and timed ticket slots which will require pre-booking on-line. Find out more about our safety measures and how to book your tickets here.

Arco Managing Director, David Evison said, “The Deep and Arco share a home.  We share the City of Hull.  We share a community in the very heart of our City, in the vibrant fruit market.  The continued health and prosperity of the Humber region is vital for us and the people who share our City.  We are delighted to be working with The Deep, helping this incredible attraction stay safe for visitors.”



6th July 2020

Our Gentoo penguins continue to be well looked after by our dedicated team of Aquarists. Since closing its doors in March 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak, The Deep has remained very quiet, so a lot of you have asked – "Are the penguins missing the visitors?"

Our Penguin Keeper Emma answers the question:
"In my opinion the penguins have definitely missed the visitors! The more confident birds such as Leo and Weston normally love swimming up to the visitors and watching what they are doing. I’ve noticed when I walk round the outside of the habitat, they seem to get excited to see someone, even though it’s just me! They will be looking forward to welcome visitors back."

Around August time, the penguins go through their annual moult. Some of them have started eating more now in preparation for this. They bulk up in the few weeks running up, as they dont really feel like eating as much when they are moulting. They also don't like to swim very much during their moult and can seem a bit scruffy and uncomfotrable! Fortunately the process only lasts a few weeks and then they are back to their normal energetic selves (with brand new shiny feather to boot!)

The penguins are fed twice daily. This consists of a scatter feed of krill and shrimp in the water, but they also receive a hand feed of sprat and capelin. This is to ensure the keepers know how much each penguin has ate for their records.

June saw a couple of special days for 2 of our penguins, Lizzie and Attenborough. As the first penguins to be born here at The Deep in 2016, both turned 4 years old! Attenborough on the 11th and Lizzie on the 18th. They both celebrated their birthdays with an extra large bucket of fish! 

We hope it won't be too much longer before we can welcome you back through the doors to see the penguins and all the animals here! Please keep a look out on our social media and website for further updates.

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