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Welcome to our blog, filled with interesting facts of life beneath the water’s surface. Learn about the animals we house here at Deep Sea World PLUS learn more about our local coastlines and how to help preserve them.

We update our blog regularly so pop back to read something new, or follow us on social media where we regularly share our blog pieces.

What are the Slowest Animals in the World?

Everyone knows about the cheetah, the fastest land animal, but there’s not a lot of love put onto the animals who prefer to take their time! Being…

How do Animals Breathe Underwater?

When an animal lives on land, they’re surrounded by air that they breathe in through their mouth or nose, into their lungs which then passes oxygen…

Everything You Need to Know About Whales

The family Cetacea is home to aquatic mammals, including dolphins, porpoises and also whales. They spend all of their time in water, and there are…

National Animals Across the World Revealed

Across the world, each nation proudly boasts its own symbol, often in the form of a national animal. These creatures represent the cultural identity…

Why do Animals Migrate?

Many species of animal throughout the world display particular behaviours or habits that make them who they are, as well as helping their survival in…

Can Fish Fly? 5 Interesting Facts about the Flying Fish

The world of aquatic animals is a fascinating one, with so many different species that you’ve likely never even heard of or seen! With that in mind…

Animals that NEVER Stop Growing

We all know that there are some pretty big animals out there. But what about animals that don’t stop growing? That’s right, our planet is home to…

What are the Key Differences Between Venomous and Poisonous Animals?

Many animals have developed the ability to produce a toxic chemical in order to protect themselves, as well as a natural weapon. However, the terms…

How do Animals Regenerate Limbs?

Many animals throughout the world have developed incredible adaptations in order to survive in their environment. Some species even have the ability…

How to Draw a Shark: Step-by-Step

Are you looking for fun ways to keep your little ones busy as the nights draw in and the weather gets bleaker? Why not get creative and draw mighty…

Everything You Need to Know about Seal Spotting in Scotland

Scotland’s coastline is not only beautiful but also home to an array of fascinating wildlife. One of the most enchanting experiences for nature…

What are the Key Differences Between Newts & Salamanders?

Despite being classified in the same animal class, there are huge variations between different species of amphibians. An interesting example of how…

Diurnal and Nocturnal Creatures Explained

Many animals, and humans, exhibit different behaviour whether it’s daytime or night. For example, as humans, we are typically active in the daytime…

Differences between Cold-Blooded and Warm-Blooded Animals

The animal kingdom is incredibly diverse, and one fascinating aspect that sets animals apart is their ability to regulate body temperature…

Welcome our Lesser Spotted Catsharks!

We are thrilled to welcome 8 Lesser Spotted Catsharks to our Aquarium! These Catsharks came to us from Rhyl SeaQuarium in North Wales, due to the…

New year, Same planet, 8 ways to be more eco-friendly in 2024!

Resolutions to be more Eco-Friendly in 2024…

5 Ways To Have An Eco-Friendly Christmas!

Here at Deep Sea World, we are always have conservation and education in mind, adopting and sharing ways to improve our carbon footprint and impact on…

All About Shark Trust

At Deep Sea World, we’re proud to partner with Shark Trust, a UK charity dedicated to safeguarding sharks around the globe. With a focus on education…
alligator gar Gary

6 Fun Facts about the Alligator Gar

You’ll be forgiven for thinking the alligator gar is a type of alligator – but it is in fact a fish, and bears no relation to the reptile. Part of the…

Introducing, the newest creature to encounter!

Macleays Spectre Stick Insects (Extatosoma Tiaratum) We host creature encounters twice a day where you can meet Starfish, Snakes, Snails and…

Top 6 Things to Do in Edinburgh

Welcome to Edinburgh, where traditional Scotch culture and heritage collide with forward-thinking culture, arts, science, and mouth-watering cuisine…

How are Lakes Made?

Lakes are found across the world, on every continent and in a variety of environments including mountains, near the sea and everywhere in between. But…

Lobsters vs Crabs: What’s the Difference?

Across the world’s oceans there a number of species that often get mistaken for being the same, or at least very similar. After all, if they’re part…

Do You Know Your Shark Species?

There are hundreds of shark species circling our waters around the world. From the rarest to the most common, we’re utterly fascinated by these…

The Differences Between a Starfish and a Brittle Star

You’d be forgiven for thinking that all star-shaped sea creatures are the same, but in fact they can be very different from each other. In particular…

6 Creative Ways to Get Recycling

We love being able to bring you closer to amazing animals from all around the world. And as incredible as they are to look at, they’re not simply for…

23 Axolotl Facts For Kids

Have you ever heard of axolotls? We didn’t think so! These curious animals aren’t all that well known but boy are they interesting – from their frilly…

Are Seals Friendly? All About Seals’ Personalities

Much like dolphins, seals seem like friendly characters full of personality. They come across as curious, playful, intelligent and cautious, both in…

Can Fish Swim Backwards?

Why would a fish need to swim backwards? If you’ve never really given this question a lot of thought, we can’t blame you. It’s not like we as humans…

Everything You Need to Know About Swamps

Mists rising, green-brown water bubbling, and the lurking shadow of a monster emerging from the deep – that’s the picture that swamps evoke in lots of…

Shark Diving: Your Questions Answered

Having the opportunity to dive with sharks is bucket-list stuff for some and nightmare fuel for others. As for those on the fence, there’s a lot to…
Amazon river view from above

20 Amazing Facts About the Amazon River

To celebrate the Amazon River, which contributes 20% of the world’s freshwater into oceans, we’ve compiled 20 amazing facts about the waterway…
Green Turtle, Chelonia mydas, at a cleaning station in Maui, Hawaii, USA. The green turtle is a large, weighty sea turtle with a wide, smooth carapace, or shell. It inhabits tropical and subtropical coastal waters around the world and has been observed clambering onto land to sunbathe.

Which sea creatures are endangered? Test your knowledge

Which sea creatures are on the endangered species list? Find out here and test your knowledge with our quiz…

How to Draw a Seal

Here, we’ve given you a quick and easy guide for how to draw a seal, topped up with a few interesting facts to tell your friends and family!…
green frog

Amphibians vs. Reptiles: What’s The Difference?

Discover everything you need to know about amphibians and reptiles, including their differences and frequently asked questions you might be wondering…

The World’s Oceans: Everything You Need to Know

Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about the world’s oceans, including how many oceans there are and what the deepest part is…

Shark Spotting Abroad: 16 Shark Species in the Mediterranean Sea

Allow us to run you through some of the biggest, hungriest and best-known sharks in the Mediterranean Sea…

10 Fun Facts About Frogs

Today’s post is dedicated to our amphibian friends, as we take a look at 10 wonderful facts that you may not know about frogs…

Deep Sea World presents ‘Weird & Wonderful’

For the duration of February, we at Deep Sea World ran an event talking all things weird and wonderful. This event allowed visitors to learn odd and…
Our Staff member and volunteers beach cleaning

Deep Sea World Beach Clean May 2022

On the 22nd of May 2022, we decided to have a Deep Sea World beach clean in North Queensferry. As an aquarium, here at Deep Sea World we are all…

Sustainable Seafood: Lobster off the Menu?

One of the latest pieces of sea conservation news comes from Karen McVeigh’s Guardian article on the Marine Conservation society’s new Good Fish…

An Eco-Friendly Christmas: Celebrating Sustainably

Everyone here at Deep Sea World loves Christmas time, especially our resident sharks. Our divers swear they can hear them whistle a festive tune every…

The Ultimate Shark Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of the Ocean’s Apex Predators

If, like us, you love sharks, and think you know everything there is to know about what makes them tick, we’re challenging you to have a go at our…

10 Jawesome Gifts for any Shark Lover

Here at Deep Sea World our staff are always looking out for fun shark inspired merchandise and our office is filled of shark pens, shark mugs and even…

Bring New Life to Gift Vouchers

Traditionally we give gifts in beautiful wrapping paper all tied up with an extravagant ribbon tied in a knot a sailor would be proud of. This is hard…

Exploring Rock Pools: Getting Started and What to Do

To help you get the most from your next rock pooling adventure, we’ve put together a hands-on guide to exploring rock pools. Click here for the guide…

The Truth About Piranhas: South America’s Most Misunderstood Fish

People should respect rather than fear piranhas. Click here for our guide to reveal some truths about South America’s most misunderstood fish…

These Are the Most Popular Disney Halloween Costumes in 2020

Halloween may look a little different this year, but there’s nothing stopping you breaking out the witch’s hat and vampire teeth and having a good…

A Guide to Seals: Fun Facts About Our Fin-Footed Friends

Looking to know more about just how amazing seals are? You’re in the right place – let’s dive in and take a closer look at where seals come from…

Mysteries of the Ocean We Still Don’t Know

While we can rule out mermaids and giant squids, many of the mysteries that lurk beneath our waters are sometimes stranger than make-believe. Below…

Meet the Megalodon: The Biggest Shark that Ever Lived

Keen to learn more about the mighty megalodon? Then join us as we explore this incredible fish in greater depth, from its size, shape and appearance…

Myths & Legends Of The Sea

The ocean is always moving and changing, with rip tides developing, and storms that could cause havoc for a passing ship. It’s the perfect habitat for…

The Ultimate Underwater Date Competition

Fancy winning the ultimate underwater date? We have a couples dive worth £390 to give away to 2 lucky lovebirds. How to enter: Share & like the…

Shark-tastic Christmas Giveaway

We’re feeling super festive here at Deep Sea World, so we’re giving away an Annual Family Pass and an exclusive gift bundle of shark goodies to…

Friends of Deep Sea World Competition!

Fancy the chance to win 2 free tickets to Deep Sea World? Who are we kidding… of course you do! Keep reading to see how you can be in with a…

Why do fish swim in schools?

There’s nothing quite like watching fish swim perfectly in-sync with each other in one big group. They change direction within a second, left, right…

Aquarium Life: How We Keep Our Animals Safe & Healthy

The health of our sea creatures means everything to us here at Deep Sea World. First and foremost, it means that they are living enriched lives, and…

Immerse Yourself In Our Augmented Reality Sandbox This Summer

This summer step into a new reality at Deep Sea World! Our Augmented Reality Sandbox is an interactive experience for kids and families that you’ll…

9 Things You Didn’t Know About Sharks

If you come face to face with a shark in the deep blue sea, we all know to swim away quickly, but what don’t you know? From their endless supply of…

5 Easy Science Experiments Kids Will Love

Looking for fun science experiments to do at home? We’ve got you covered. From gravity-defying water to frozen glitter slime, these easy experiments…

Shark Identification Guide

Sharks have been swimming in our oceans for 450 million years, so isn’t it time you got to know them a little better? The great white may be the…

Meet the Sand Tiger Shark

One of our most impressive species at Deep Sea World is the sand tiger shark. A stealthy hunter, this particular breed glides slowly through the…

A Global Crisis: How Plastic Pollution Is Affecting Marine Animals

Whether they’re big like the majestic whales or small like the delicate corals, more than 700 marine organisms are known to be killed either by the…

Dive & Drive Competition

Fancy winning a day out worth £1,000 for two? Of course you do! Keep reading to see how you can enter our Dive & Drive competition – in…

A Fishy Love Story: Courtship in Marine Animals

One thing that really grabs our attention in those popular nature documentaries is the many different forms that courtship can take on in the animal…

The Great British Bucket List

A ‘bucket list’ is something that we think everyone should have. If you haven’t heard of the term, it’s a list of all the things you want to…

Join the Merpeople

Ever wondered what it’s like to be Ariel from The Little Mermaid, or where merpeople came from? Swim around, get to know the mystery of the enchanting…

Conservation in Scotland

View Our New Infographic: Marine Conservation in Scotland Marine conservation is paramount to us here at Deep Sea World, and we know it’s important to…

Can You Dig It?

Can You Dig It? It’s time to journey back in time because you’re about to dig up the past and discover everything there is to know about the ancient…

What Can We Learn About Earth by Studying Fossils & Skeletons?

They’ve been around for hundreds of years and give scientists and researchers huge insights into the creation and evolution of animals – both past and…

A Day in the Life of an Aquarist: Meet Kate

Our aquarists help to care for all of our creatures. They maintain the living environments to ensure the creatures are comfortable and safe as they…

Win an Annual Pass for your Class

It’s time to get out of the classroom and take your students on an adventure beneath the waves! We’re giving a lucky local school the chance to win an…

Creatures: Back to Their Bare Bones

BACK TO BARE BONES Brace yourselves this summer because you’re about to see creatures (aquatic and otherwise) like you’ve never seen them before! A…

The Biggest Issues Facing Our Oceans Right Now

Now, we’re not exactly making waves by highlighting the fact that our beautiful oceans are under serious threat. However, we do need to make a splash…

The Truth About Jaws

Earlier this month we had a visit from the Edinburgh International Film Festival and members of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to take…

7 Dos and Don’ts for an Eco-Friendly Summer Holiday

With summer just around the corner, many of you must be eager to book your next holiday. It’s an exciting time, but having a good trip shouldn’t mean…

Distant Cousins: How Much Do We Have in Common with Sharks?

We may not have been portrayed as the best of friends in the movies but we’re actually more closely linked to sharks than you may think. Over 450…

Easter at DSW: Kids for a £quid

Need a plan for the Easter holidays?! Don’t worry, Deep Sea World has you covered! Come and enjoy your days off by splashing about and discovering the…

What’s It Like to Dive with Sharks?

For most people, diving with sharks is the ultimate underwater adventure. If you’re planning on visiting Deep Sea World soon, then you must consider…

5 Facts You Didn't Know About Seals

5 Facts You Didn’t Know About Seals Think you know everything there is to know about seals? We’re pretty sure we can surprise you! Check out our…

4 Things That Our Aquarists Do Every Day

An aquarist is someone who takes care of the creatures in an aquarium, which actually involves much more work than you might first imagine. Aquarists’…

Keeping Fish in the Classroom: 4 Things Your Pupils Need to Know

St Margaret’s RC Primary School reached out to us for some expert advice on caring for their goldfish. In response, one of our resident…

Join Us at Our Octo! Event This Half Term

To coincide with World Octopus Day on 8th October, we’re hosting a very special event at Deep Sea World throughout the October half term, full of…

3 Unlikely Creatures with Incredibly Deadly Powers

The natural world is filled with many curious yet fascinating things. It’s no secret that there are plenty of creatures with incredible abilities –…

10 Reasons Why Toddlers Will Love Deep Sea World

Visiting Deep Sea World gives your little ones a hands-on experience with the weird and wonderful creatures of our oceans. Did we mention it’s…

‘WILD ABOUT SCOTLAND’ BUS

‘WILD ABOUT SCOTLAND’ BUS TO STOP AT DEEP SEA WORLD Younger visitors to Deep Sea World, Scotland’s national aquarium, will be able to hop on board a…

Shark Week at Deep Sea World

Get a Closer Look at the Underwater Giants If you love sharks as much as we do at Deep Sea World, join us this July for a special themed event…

A History of British Wildlife Discoveries

This summer, we’re going Wild at Deep Sea World with our newest exhibit. The attraction offers you the chance to view a wide variety of extraordinary…

5 Shark Species That Live in Scotland’s Waters

Meet the Sharks That Live in Scotland’s Waters Sharks have gained a somewhat negative reputation over the years – one that they certainly don’t…

How We Can Protect the Endangered Species in Scotland’s Oceans

Looking after our oceans is vital. With the changing climate, overfishing, littered waters, and fumes and chemicals polluting oceans around the globe…

Swimming with Sharks at Deep Sea World

Swimming with Sharks at Deep Sea World We make it our mission to actively encourage visitors to dive in (literally) and take a closer look at our…

AQUARIUM AWASH WITH RARE BABY RAYS

AQUARIUM AWASH WITH RARE BABY RAYS Deep Sea World, Scotland’s national aquarium, is celebrating the arrival of dozens of rare baby rays. So far no…

Earth Day

DEEP SEA WORLD ADDS WATER TO EARTH DAY Deep Sea World, Scotland’s national aquarium, is joining groups and organisations around the world to celebrate…

SPINY ‘SPRINGWATCH’ STARS GO ON SHOW AT AQUARIUM

A species of stickleback which became an unlikely star after appearing on the BBC ‘Springwatch’ programme has gone on display at Deep Sea World…

DEEP SEA WORLD WELCOMES 400-STRONG SEABASS SHOAL

A 400-strong shoal of seabass is settling in to its new home at Deep Sea World, Scotland’s national aquarium. The giant shoal, which has a total…

DEEP SEA WORLD GOES ON CITY SAFARI

Deep Sea World, Scotland’s national aquarium, played host to television presenter Jennifer Reoch and the City Safari team as part of a new show which…

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