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Fire closes The Deep for two days

The Deep has been forced to close due to a fire at the attraction and will remain so until Friday.

They say it was an electrical fire behind a coral exhibit and no animals were harmed.

The Deep becomes UK's first attraction to display and breed rare Mexican snake

The Deep has become the first zoo or aquarium in the UK to display and successfully breed the rare Lake Zacapu Garter snake.

On 27 June the attraction welcomed the arrival of 7 hatchlings, 3 males and 4 females. The adults (1 male, 2 female) arrived at The Deep in February 2016 and have being living behind the scenes whilst their new home is built.

This new exhibit highlights fragile river habitats and the species specially adapted to inhabiting them.

Baby Lake Zacapu Garter snake Credit: The Deep

It’s very exciting to be the first in the UK to exhibit and breed this species of snake. We are looking forward to moving the adults in to their new home in Deep Blue One for all our visitors to see shortly

– Paul Wake, Aquarist, The Deep

Lake Zacapu Garter snakes (Thamnophis eques insperatus) is one of 7 subspecies of Garter snake classified in 2003 and can only be found in Laguna de Zacapu, Mexico, a small lake only 1km long and 400m wide.

With such a small range and the entire population located around a single body of water, this species is highly susceptible to threats in their environment.

Animal rights group asks The Deep to stop serving fish

An animal rights group has written to The Deep in Hull demanding it stops serving fish in its restaurant. PETA says after inviting people to look at what it describes as "glorious" and "fascinating animals" it's odd to then invite people stick their fork into them, likening it to serving monkey nuggets in a zoo. The Deep says it will not be changing its menu and insists there is nothing wrong with eating fish that are caught in a sustainable way.


Happy feet penguins removed from "too slippy" enclosure

Slippy feet Credit: PA

A group of penguins has been temporarily removed from The Deep, in Hull, because the fake ice flooring was too slippery.

In scenes reminiscent of the hit film "Happy Feet", the seven Gentoo penguins were unable to stand still on the new flooring and even fell flat on their faces.

The birds were removed from public display after "skidding" on the new icy surface. Now staff at the aquarium exhibit have installed a special anti-slip covering and plan to move the penguins back next week. A spokeswoman for The Deep said: "The penguins were taken out of the display to do some routine maintenance work but, when we put them back, the covering did not have enough grip in it for them to stick on to and we had a bit of a skidding situation"

Andrew McLeod, deputy curator at the aquarium, said the penguins were "excited" about being back in the display after repairs were carried out to the enclosure. He said:

"We watched them hop around and saw them scrabbling a little bit on the slopes. As they turned quickly, they do this thing where they lean forward and one of them ended up face down, he ended up on his front. Some of the other birds were scrabbling and slipping over and we thought, 'it's far too slippy'."

Gentoos are the fastest swimming species of penguin - reaching speeds of 36kmph - and can dive to depths of 170 metres. They can grow up to 80cms in height. This colony went on display at The Deep in March last year after being born and raised at an educational facility in Texas.

Penguin dies at The Deep

The Deep Centre in Hull announced today that one of its penguins has died.

The initial results of a post-mortem examination indicate that he had a kidney and liver problem. Staff don’t know how long the bird might have had this problem and further tests are being carried out.

The bird, which was in the last few days of his quarantine period had been in its new display since 19 February and had settled in well to his new home and was both playful and active.

A statement said: "We are all really sad about losing Mike the penguin, particularly as he had settled in so well. The other penguins have been inspected by our vet as a precaution and they all appear to be healthy."

Penguins arrive at The Deep

Here we are! Gentoo penguins Credit: PA

The Deep in Hull is getting ready to show off its latest arrivals - ten Gentoo penguins (six adults and four juveniles) who have taken up residence in a new exhibit called 'The Penguins of Grytviken'. The first five birds are now in residence.

The £750,000 exhibit opens to the public today and will give visitors views of the penguins across three floors, both underwater and on land. Features include a swimming pool, diving pool, beach area, nesting area and the penguins very own outdoor balcony with views overlooking the River Humber.

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