It's like a spaceship for sharks.

5 Apr 2021
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"Life support system" were the three key words that convinced me to do a video about an aquarium. Because yes: behind the scenes at The Deep, an aquarium in Hull, there's a life support system, and it deserves that name.
Thanks to all the team at The Deep! More about them: or on their channel:
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Audio mix by Graham Haerther
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  • I guess technically it's more of a "space station for sharks", or "space station for all sorts of marine life", but that doesn't sound quite as catchy.

    Tom ScottTom ScottVor 19 Tage
    • true :awesome:

      KenopyKenopyVor 3 Tage
    • @Big Smoke €

      oofy boioofy boiVor 4 Tage
    • Eee

      GodGodVor 4 Tage
    • Oeoo

      GodGodVor 4 Tage
    • Go to bed Tom

      C̸͙̆h̵̰̿a̶̲̳͑ó̶͖̌s̴̯̏́C̸͙̆h̵̰̿a̶̲̳͑ó̶͖̌s̴̯̏́Vor 12 Tage
  • 👍, but would those captive fish survive in the oceans, or they'd be quickly eaten up?

    Gacheru MburuGacheru MburuVor 3 Stunden
  • Recognised it from just the thumbnail haha. I love The Deep, must have been over 10 times and it never gets old. I reccomend it to anyone who's interested

    LeukashotLeukashotVor 7 Stunden
  • The noise, when in the water, must be deafening

    Morten frost HansenMorten frost HansenVor 15 Stunden
  • Nice to see a cornerstone in danish ingenuity, helping the world

    Morten frost HansenMorten frost HansenVor 16 Stunden
    • Grundfos

      Morten frost HansenMorten frost HansenVor 16 Stunden
  • This would have been better if the problem was more clearly framed at the beginning

    NaxNirNaxNirVor 16 Stunden
  • 3:50 I've just noticed the guy in the scuba gear filming tom scott from inside the aquarium lmao

    Ciro GarcíaCiro GarcíaVor Tag
  • Is this the video you were talking about that has an A.I.-generated title?

    LegendOPLegendOPVor Tag
  • I have one of these at home (albeit "slightly" smaller :D) keeping the fish alive is relatively easy, all you need to do is keep the bacteria alive - that's the hard part! (and don't even get me started on corals...)

    HaggiskingHaggiskingVor Tag
  • As chemical engineering student I'm just "YAY I know how this works" and just going nuts over this.

    Евгений ЗлатовЕвгений ЗлатовVor 2 Tage
  • It's struck me before how managing an aquarium is like managing a spaceship (or maybe a reverse submarine) for fish many times while doing stuff like carefully reading and adjusting the the dissolved co2, nitrogen, oxygenation and water flow of some of my home aquariums and setting up filters and plants to scrub and recirculate the water. Aquariums really do have a full on life support system. With just as many design methods to create one as there are for spaceships.

    ApplesPapplesApplesPapplesVor 3 Tage
  • Is it just me or does Ben kinda looks like Veritasium?

    sKai0216sKai0216Vor 3 Tage
  • Not really anything to do with space but okay, I understand the need for a semi clickbait title. Id say its more a Life Support System for sharks.

    FestivejellyFestivejellyVor 3 Tage
  • Nice of Ben Affleck to teach us about the life support system

    Avery the Cuban-AmericanAvery the Cuban-AmericanVor 3 Tage
  • im interested in the contrast in water quality between the aquarium tanks and the natural habitat of the fish.

    Theodore HarrisTheodore HarrisVor 3 Tage
  • Soooo its a filter

    Thomas BestThomas BestVor 4 Tage
  • When I saw the thumbnail I thought you went to Fehmarn.

    YouTube-KanalYouTube-KanalVor 4 Tage
  • Nice how Ben affleck was explaining to us about the life support system

    Mitch WarMitch WarVor 4 Tage
  • Did not expect to see The Deep on your channel... Hull finally made it eh!

    ArbeedarkArbeedarkVor 4 Tage
  • Content

    Riley CarpenterRiley CarpenterVor 5 Tage
  • Is it just me or Tom Scott looks a lot like Watson from SHERLOCK (Martin Freeman)

    All about MoviesAll about MoviesVor 5 Tage
  • Wow I’ve been there! Took ages to wait outside and it was raining, but it was a wonderful experience

    AmieAmieVor 5 Tage
  • And this device here controls how wet the water is. Sharks need very wet water to survive, and as the water sits in a tank inert, it get less and less wet. This machine restores it to the original, natural wetness through means of splishing and splashing. For every splish there must be a splash, so this part here counts them and applies a splish or a splash from the respective reservoirs to restore the balance.

    sharpfangsharpfangVor 5 Tage
  • Visited a couple of times, Well worth a trip

    Viking Joe BloggsViking Joe BloggsVor 6 Tage
  • I went there so many times cos everywhere else nearby kinda sucks

    Gay BowserGay BowserVor 6 Tage
  • Tom getting distracted by a stingray is really funny to me for some reason

    Ryuji SakamotoRyuji SakamotoVor 7 Tage
  • When you even mention the emperor's new virus, I don't wanna watch your video anymore. I thought you were a REAL science guy.

    UnpersonUnpersonVor 7 Tage
  • "I got an email"

    tripwafflez _tripwafflez _Vor 8 Tage
  • "Somewhere like this, The Deep in the city of Hull, is somewhere I'd never have visited because, well, it's in Hull." *runs away in Southern*

    Daniel HowellDaniel HowellVor 9 Tage
  • 1:10 Why would you waste good spring water (tap) by putting salt in it. There's a big ol' ocean right there.

    DaKermitFrogDaKermitFrogVor 9 Tage
  • If you play at 1.75 times you wont hear the echos

    JackJackVor 9 Tage
  • Half the fun for me as a fish keeper is all the technology and gear like this. Glad you dipped your toe in!

    rpk 13rpk 13Vor 9 Tage
  • Silent Running coming up !

    Bill ShireBill ShireVor 9 Tage
  • "We are responsible for every single life at The Deep." *proceeds to exterminate microbes via UV rays*

    Angelo NotorioAngelo NotorioVor 9 Tage
  • All this money spent when the ocean does everything the fish need for free. Almost like they shouldnt be there 🤔

    SyncJrSyncJrVor 9 Tage
  • This video makes me thirsty

    May NyanMay NyanVor 9 Tage
  • Wow, a lot more goes into this than I thought!

    Jordan BeagleJordan BeagleVor 9 Tage
  • Been to the Deep many times when I lived in Hull, never thought about it quite like this, thank you very much for this video

    Mjws2907Mjws2907Vor 10 Tage
  • This is the most interesting Tom Scott video for an aquaculturist and diver like me.

    JonCee【ジョンシー】JonCee【ジョンシー】Vor 10 Tage
  • Very cool!

    SoganoxSoganoxVor 10 Tage
  • So demin water as used in the Harrier.

    Sean JosephSean JosephVor 10 Tage
  • Am I the only one thinking of hospitals instead of spaceships when hearing 'life support' mentioned?

    Christa FrankenChrista FrankenVor 10 Tage
  • What did we do to deserve your videos for 14 years, I remember the toaster one from forever ago and here you are now still slaying

    Scott RubaszewskiScott RubaszewskiVor 10 Tage
  • "School for Gifted Axolotls"

    Angry KittensAngry KittensVor 10 Tage
  • Fascinating! I realized there were quite a few processes to keep an aquarium up and running, but I didn't know the specific details regarding those processes. Very neat 👍

    Jonathan S.Jonathan S.Vor 10 Tage
  • I wonder how applicable some of these processes are for water management in space.

    Eggs BenedictEggs BenedictVor 10 Tage
  • Hello Tom! Can you do a video on how everyday appliances work? Like a lightbulb, toaster, microwave, air fryer, and whatever else you can think of, that would be cool, I love your vids btw.

    Qwertz 21Qwertz 21Vor 10 Tage

  • nice grain

    noam15Anoam15AVor 10 Tage
  • I really wish I knew what on earth they mean by school for gifted axolotls. I mean what are those axolotls up to? what do you have to do as an axolotl to prove that you are gifted? Where are the non-gifted axolotls. This may be my Attention Deficit but I have not been able to take in any other information from this video since seeing that sign.

    Miss CutenarMiss CutenarVor 10 Tage
  • As interesting as this is, I am wildly disappointed to not see sharks in a spaceship

    KayKayVor 11 Tage
  • You do a smiliar thing but in a small scale for any saltwater aquarium at home.

    darw2darw2Vor 11 Tage
  • Amogus

    Ziggy The ZigzagoonZiggy The ZigzagoonVor 11 Tage
  • Ok tom

    svensvenVor 11 Tage
  • Puts the home fish bowl to shame.

    Ross ParletteRoss ParletteVor 11 Tage
  • 0:37 I knew you would show star trek!

    266xUser a266xUser aVor 11 Tage
  • Drink every time you hear the phrase "Life support system"

    KaylusKaylusVor 11 Tage
  • I been to hull

    S J GlensonS J GlensonVor 11 Tage
  • Looks like the video is too much summarized. It would have been nice to see a little more of the "uninteresting" details. Thanks, Tom

    Sam SırriSam SırriVor 11 Tage
  • I am going down all the channels I subscribe to and asking them if they can set up a channel on Rumble ... that way I can get rid of the DEhave app but still see all the best creators who I have grown to love. Thanks in advance.

    Chris MilesChris MilesVor 12 Tage
  • Sawfish in there nice

    B0B F0SSILB0B F0SSILVor 12 Tage
  • I think aquariums may be missing the boat... I bet a LOT more people would be eager to visit a "Spaceship for Sharks!" :)

    Brigette AndersonBrigette AndersonVor 12 Tage
  • 3:26 It's just that. An "exhibit". These are animals that should be where they belong in the seas and oceans and not held in captivity and ogled at by humans

    let's waste time togetherlet's waste time togetherVor 12 Tage
  • I thought this was clickbait but then I realised how interesting and cool this really is. It's like that giant greenhouse experiment in the desert somewhere, but for fish.

    NozzaNozzaVor 12 Tage
  • That's cool but I'm still going to have nightmares about spaceships full of sharks... Meh, worth it.

    enoughofyourkoicarpenoughofyourkoicarpVor 12 Tage
  • .

    Ezeckel ReichertEzeckel ReichertVor 12 Tage
  • Why would I be more interested in the behind the scenes machinery and logistics of attractions like this?

    balisticjoebalisticjoeVor 12 Tage
  • one small step for fish...

    Cooper WilkinsonCooper WilkinsonVor 12 Tage
  • I reckon that this was definitely one of the AI generated video titles.

    The Fanciest Pig at the BBQThe Fanciest Pig at the BBQVor 12 Tage
  • Hello I am a Hullian

    ArZoNiCArZoNiCVor 12 Tage
  • mm fishy

    Women RespecterWomen RespecterVor 12 Tage
  • How did you find the older, less Australian version of Derek Muller from Veritasium?

    Man plus CameraMan plus CameraVor 12 Tage
  • The aquarium could double as an aquaponic farm haha

    ThalassThalassVor 12 Tage
  • “Biology and zoology never really interested me.” That’s why we have resident ornithologist Chris Joel.

    Krystian DossKrystian DossVor 12 Tage
  • Cool!

    Tre LTre LVor 12 Tage
  • Me as a German reading the description: "'Lebenerhaltungssystem' is one word. 🤔"

    Christopher SchelerChristopher SchelerVor 12 Tage
  • One of the places where you'll be able to see fish that haven't yet ingested microplastics

    Anthy GAnthy GVor 12 Tage
  • You should make a video about right to repair and Louis Rossmann's campaign to get it passed in Massachusetts and hopefully hopefully other places that follow.

    Chicken NuggetChicken NuggetVor 12 Tage
  • Awesome video of an amazing place!

    AlphaxAlphaxVor 13 Tage
  • The best thing about this is that even if the ocean next to the aquarium is contaminated, the aquarium really isnt affected at all

    Moses RacalMoses RacalVor 13 Tage
  • Tom scott, His majesty is dead.

    Kian MKian MVor 13 Tage
  • How old are you?

    Debbie AndersonDebbie AndersonVor 13 Tage
  • You had me at sharkies!!!

    Elaine BElaine BVor 13 Tage
  • The exhibit: hmm fish The Life Support system: hmm advanced water

    Rasyiq Muhammad HanifRasyiq Muhammad HanifVor 13 Tage
  • Just when you thought it was safe to leave the atmosphere... Jaws XXVII: Jaws... IN SPACE!!!!!

    Meat aumatonMeat aumatonVor 13 Tage
  • 1:20 i see some COPVS (Composite-overwrapped-pressure-vessel) thats nice

    Rene WRene WVor 13 Tage
  • I wonder if instead of being converted to N2 gas the nitrates could be reused elsewhere as fertiliser.

    GJ203GJ203Vor 13 Tage
  • Why couldn't they just filter the sea water? Edit: Ahh it's by a river. That's why!

    James GoldsworthyJames GoldsworthyVor 13 Tage
    • And it's incredibly muddy. It would have to be left to settle for ages before it could be used.

      Mr 4571Mr 4571Vor 12 Tage
  • Hey I go to that aquarium, this is so bizarre to watch

    That autistic KidThat autistic KidVor 13 Tage
  • This is very similar to the wastewater treatment systems used in treating municipal wastewater, but with the added complexity of working with salt water.

    Jethro NoltJethro NoltVor 13 Tage
  • I never thought you weren't interested in biology.

    MarquisMarquisVor 13 Tage
  • Hey Tom, can you make a video on the navigation satellite system "Galileo". A system developed by ESA to compete with the GPS from US? As far as I know it is supposed to be way more precise and also more accessible for private people / businesses. Sounds like a cool thing and brings the European countries closer together since it has people working from all across the EU and companies from all the countries contributing to its development. I really like it's idea and I am even considering just doing my master to work for ESA and hopefully be able to contribute to this project in the future or a new one. I just really really like the idea of people from different nationalities coming together to create something to make everyone's lives better, even when those countries were at war not even 100 years ago. Thanks :)

    5G Tower 1000%5G Tower 1000%Vor 13 Tage
  • Imagine end of the world those fish be dead any way. They need to be put back in the ocean imagine if corona virus was real and wiped every one out?.

    Skipper8472Skipper8472Vor 13 Tage
  • This might sound stupid but for long term space travel wouldn't this might actually work? For actual spaceships? For sharks at least

    Weeb PatrolWeeb PatrolVor 13 Tage
  • Tom, you haven’t been aging well. I just watched a video of you from 6 years ago but you looked 15 years younger than you are now.

    Jax BronsonJax BronsonVor 13 Tage
  • I only understood about half of what they were doing, but I appreciate the ingenuity!

    Bryce CorbittBryce CorbittVor 13 Tage
  • It's just some fish

    Horizon Zero dawnHorizon Zero dawnVor 13 Tage
  • Everything now will sound like an AI generated idea, no matter whether or not it actually is.

    Aylén ClaqueoAylén ClaqueoVor 13 Tage

    Ikay OtrofIkay OtrofVor 13 Tage
  • I just realized that you were in that one show called connect and THAT PONYTAIL THO

    Tyler NelsonTyler NelsonVor 13 Tage