Hey guys!! So while my little cousin Orlaith and my granny were visiting us in Hull on Saturday, we decided to visit the Deep which I mentioned before ages ago in this post. The Deep is one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world and it’s located on Sammy’s point, about 5 mins walk from Hull Marina. It’s home to 3,500 fish including incredible sharks and rays. It’s an amazing place to visit for people of all ages with lots of interesting facts to learn about marine life overall. I must’ve visited at least 20 times over the years and even after so many visits, it’s still very enjoyable every time. So in today’s post, I will be reviewing the Deep in Hull and granting you with my honest opinion of it.
We first entered a darkened room with bright, lurid lights and at the centre of it was some interesting glass work entitled ‘Biochroma’. The installation was created specifically for the Deep and it expressed the mystery of the ocean with each individual component being inspired by corals, anemones and polyps.
After that, we meandered along a U shaped, slanted walkway with fossils of past sea animals decorating the walls and lots of fun, interactive games to entertain visitors. We played a game where you had to match up the planets to the statements about them which also related to their order of proximity to the Sun and another one where two players had to spin a wheel to move their fish to the finish line the fastest however one always moved much slower than the other.
The next room contained a massive tank full of fish of all colours and sizes which darted around at different speeds. It was so fascinating to pause and watch them all glide elegantly through the water at their own individual pace. There were also some tanks, located off to the side with various creatures that lived both on land and in the water. In the corner of the room, there was were some tanks filled with different creatures and in a fortunate stroke of serendipity, a Deep employee was over there, allowing people to approach the creatures and stroke them. We queued up so Orlaith could stroke a starfish which was really exciting for her and then we continued on our way.
Another smaller tank housed some more unique fish which we stopped to gaze at for a few minutes. After that, we approached one of my favourite parts of the whole aquarium: the penguins! I just think that they are so funny and the way they waddle around is so adorable! We were barely able to tear our doting eyes away from the cute, lovable penguins to wander around to the next section.
There was another massive tank full of fish of all varieties which introduced us to the next section with lots of facts about slime! To accompany the facts about slime, there were all kinds of unique, intriguing creatures to wow us such as the weird, worm type creatures, sprouting from the sand as pictured below. We discovered more tanks, this time with sharks zigzagging through them and Orlaith had fun colouring in a drawing of a sea creature which was crafted into a badge for her.
After that, we entered the dark, ‘Midnight zone’ part with only a few lights to illuminate the way. I’d never been more jubilant to discover a tank with my favourite sea creature inside: Starfish! There were also some more interactive games to entertain Orlaith and Eloise and a pretty cool, optical illusion mirror tank with jellyfish concealed inside. To accompany those jellyfish, there were three more tanks of different jellyfish, each of them beautiful in their own unique way. Another tank which really stood out to me featured a rusting fish, created from metal with all kinds of rotting waste floating at the top of it. I would assume it was to raise awareness about the awful state that our sea is in with all the litter and oil which contaminates it which is a great thing for the Deep to highlight.
Next, we meandered through a section, fashioned to appear like the North Pole and paused to run our hands along the ice walls. At the end of that section, the penguins awaited us as they glided through the water in their enclosure. I enjoyed seeing them again from a different perspective and we spent ages just gazing at them as they darted swiftly through the water.
Then, we walked along a bridge, illuminated by different coloured lights. This fed onto to a section with unique creatures from all over the world including snakes and ants. It was fascinating to watch the ants lift up leaves much bigger than them and work together completely as a team. The last part of the aquarium was an arch shaped tank to walk through while sharks and rays darted overhead and then stairs to climb with glass to peer through on each level so you could see the marine life for one last time.
Overall, my trip to the Deep was so interesting but fun. Even as a teenager, I still enjoy watching all the different fish and discovering more about marine life. It’s a great day out as it does a fantastic job of catering to people of all ages. I can’t wait for my next visit there!
Thank you for reading this post! What’s your favourite sea creature? Let me know in the comments! There’ll be another post out soon but until then bye for now!
Amelia Grace a.k.a Amelia In Hull