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.
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.
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.
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.
Scientists, including a team from The Deep in Hull who discovered a rare species of Manta Ray off the coast of East Africa have been given new funding to carry out more research.
Marine experts will begin a shark monitoring program off the coast of Sudan next month.
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."
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.
The Deep aquarium in Hull has announced its latest attraction - a new colony of penguins - which is due to be unveiled early next year. Emma Wilkinson reports.
Endangered coral and clams have been given a new home in Hull, after being transported across the world by smugglers. The marine creatures we seized by the UK Boarder agency at Heathrow Airport, but were too fragile to be transported back.
Endangered coral and clams from the South Pacific that were smuggled into the country have been given a new home at The Deep in Hull. They're in quarantine, but will soon go on display.