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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.


Lucky lobster at The Deep

Lucky the lobster

A lucky lobster saved from a fate on a restaurant plate is on show at The Deep in Hull.

The monster crustacean, named Lucky by staff, was caught 20 miles from Whitby. He was saved by a fish merchant in the town, who handed him over to the aquarium.

He weighed in at 9.9lbs and is somewhere between seven and 10 years old.

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