The Deep celebrates Olympics with torch of its own

A Hull aquarium that recently welcomed the Olympic torch on its national relay has commemorated the occasion with an unusual exhibition of glowing, torch-like coral.

The Deep, a registered charity dedicated to conservation and education and one of the deepest aquariums in the world, installed the Euphyllia glabrescens ‘torch coral’ in its underwater garden, where its luminous yellow tips will glow day and night throughout the Olympic Games and beyond. In the wild, Euphyllia glabrescens is found on coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific, Australian and Indian Oceans and, more rarely, the Red Sea.

The Deep is the most commercially successful of the UK’s Millennium Projects and bills itself as the “world’s only submarium”.


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