Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Water water everywhere

I fancied a trip out yesterday so I decided to use my Tesco voucher and visit The Deep in Hull. This is on the north bank of the river and the best way for me to cross is to take the bus, free with my pensioner pass, and a free crossing over the Humber Bridge, (saving £5.40). The waters edge is a short walk through the town from the bus station.

You go under the Myton Bridge, which is the main A63, alongside the River Hull, and it brings you out at The Deep, where it meets the River Humber. It was at this point that the Rix Eagle was waiting for the Millenium Footbridge to be opened so it could carry on it's journey out into the Humber. This is an oil transportation vessel built in 1990 and flying a British flag. Today it is anchored up. How do I know that? I have just read up about it, thanks to the internet.

This is the footbridge in it's closed position, it's the walkway to The Deep.

Now it has swung round to it's fully open position and the barge can pass through. You can see The Deep behind it.

Off she goes.

On her way. I love watching anything like that, anything to do with transport, boats, planes, and trains, fascinating stuff.

Once the swing bridge is closed again, and it only takes a few minutes, I can walk across. This huge shark is quite an eyecatcher, overlooking the river. I am having trouble standing still, it is so windy today.

Inside The Deep it's like being inside a luxury liner, if you can imagine that. The front of the boat juts out over the water, and here I am standing in the cafeteria, in the pointy bit looking out. Just like the Titanic, ha ha. Well it's certainly blowing like that. This is the view.

Over to one side you can see part of the marina. The weather is a bit gloomy and grey so the pictures are not so sharp.

When you start the tour, you need to go to the top floor, I chose to take the stairs rather than the lift, cue huffing and puffing. Along the walkways are a lot of videos to watch and listen to, they tell the history of the oceans, from how they came about to how they are now.
The Deep has many aquariums, but it is very difficult to take clear photographs unless you have a sooperdooper camera with all the bells and whistles. The main problem being, the fish move so quickly. No matter how hard I tried to get them to pose, they would not stay still for me. Flash is not allowed at all, so here is a few that I managed to get.

These are jelly fish. Fascinating to watch.

Now these sea anemonies didn't move about very much, ha ha.

This was a bigun, a stingray.

That's ya lot, I took a lot more but they were pants. If you want to read up about The Deep please go to their web site.


  1. We visited The Deep a few years ago - we had a fantastic day out although it was grey then too as it was in February. Do they still have that huge fish that is the size of a small car? We visit that side of the country quite a lot as my family is originally from Driffield, and I lived there as a child. Funnily enough it turns out that my husband's ancestors are also from that area yet we all ended up in the North West.

  2. I was just thinking it looks very grey and wintery, then OOH bright, turquoise, beautiful under water scenes. I adore the Rays, I was able to stroke one in an aquarium in Weymouth.

  3. Fantastic pictures, Ilona. Your camera is very good.- We have a sealife centre here in Brighton, but I haven`t been since my kids were small. It`s far too expensive now. Your pictures brighten any dull day!

  4. I liked especially the anemonies but the other photos are also good! Lucky you to have access to that beautiful sea life!