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Underwater Pumpkin Carving at the Aquarium

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Divers make a splash with a Halloween celebration for the fish.

Underwater Pumpkin Carving at the Aquarium

Aquarium diver with a marine-themed pumpkin. Photo courtesy of ABQ BioPark

October 30, 2012

Not only are the ABQ BioPark aquarists expert fish care providers and excellent divers, they can carve amazing jack-o-lanterns underwater! On Halloween from 2 - 3 p.m., watch divers in the Shark Tank carve pumpkins, sea turtles snack on pumpkin bits and curious fish swim through spooky eyes and triangle noses. The completed pumpkins will remain in the tank the rest of the day.

The Aquarium began carving pumpkins in 2010, and the tradition caught on with both aquarists and guests. Each pumpkin is cleaned outside the tank, and divers bring their pumpkins to the bottom of the tank to begin carving.

"Underwater pumpkin carving is a fun and challenging activity for our staff," said Holly Casman, BioPark Aquarium Manager. "Divers try to keep their pumpkins from slipping and floating away while carving, while stingrays and sharks swim nearby."

If you miss the carving demonstration, you can still catch divers feeding fish and cleaning in the Shark Tank every day around 2 p.m. The event is included with admission. For more information, email [email protected] or dial 311 locally (505-768-2000).

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