Santa Jaws, a courageous scuba diver dressed as Santa Claus, swam with sharks in an aquarium in Cheshire…
A scuba diver, lovingly referred to as “Santa Jaws,” puts on a show for visitors to a Cheshire aquarium by diving into a giant tank to feed sharks, fully clad in his Santa Claus outfit!
Santa Claus scuba dives with sharks
Santa Claus scuba dives at the Blue Planet Aquarium in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire
At the Blue Planet Aquarium in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, a fearless Santa Claus plunges into the shark-infested waters to deliver presents to the team of divers who work in a 3.8 million litre display tank alongside three-metre-long sand tiger sharks, lemon sharks, giant stingrays and more than 1,500 other tropical fish. Learn more about Maldivian marine life here!
The scuba divingSanta Claus will also be delivering delectable treats to the tank’s full time residents…Even fish appreciate a Christmas gift every now and then!
Paul Renolds from the Blue Planet Aquarium said, “Three metres underwater may not be the first place you’d expect to come face to face with Santa Claus. It just goes to show there really isn’t anywhere Santa can’t deliver presents – and it’s certainly a lot warmer than the North Pole!
“Judging from the reaction we’ve already had from our team members we’re expecting our scuba diving Santa to make a real splash with visitors of all ages.
“One of the unexpected bonuses is that the sharks and other fish are extremely curious and tend to follow him around the display which makes for some spectacularly close encounters for Santa.”
Santa Claus will be scuba diving every weekend, beginning this Saturday, during the aquarium’s regular dive shows, and will be diving daily from December 19th right up until Christmas Eve.
Scuba diving is one of the most thrilling and enjoyable activities on the planet today. According to scuba divers, it is an experience of a lifetime, something that no one should miss! The only way you can fully appreciate marine life is by putting on your gear and diving down into the mysterious waters.
Despite its beauty, the thrills and the challenge of scuba diving, some people are scared of giving it a try because of the myths that surround it. Here is a look at some scuba myths and realities!
SCUBA DIVING MYTH: Diving is a very dangerous activity SCUBA DIVING TRUTH: Actually, diving has an extraordinary safety record! All you have to do is to follow certain guidelines that you’ll learn in your open water certification course. The scuba diving safety record is comparable to that of Ten-Pin Bowling!
SCUBA DIVING MYTH: Diving is complicated and difficult to learn SCUBA DIVING TRUTH: These days learning to dive is simple and at the same time fun. Diving instructors are equipped with proper learning materials and strategies that will make you a certified scuba diver in no time!
SCUBA DIVING MYTH: You have to be in top physical condition to dive SCUBA DIVING TRUTH: It is more enjoyable if you’re physically fit and it requires basic swimming skills but nothing extreme. If you’re comfortable in the deep end of a pool, can swim and can walk for several minutes without getting winded then it will be just be easy for you to learn how to dive.
SCUBA DIVING MYTH: The ocean is full of dangerous animals like sharks SCUBA DIVING TRUTH: For the professional divers, seeing a shark is considered a special occasion because it is rare to sight them. Yes, sharks and barracudas are wild animals but the majority of them survives on a diet of things considerably smaller than scuba divers. Oh, and one more thing, sharks and barracudas are intimidated by divers! The long fins and other equipments appear big to them! It’s also a myth that sharks are always hungry and on the attack! As a matter of fact it’s not uncommon for them to go two weeks without hunting. In one documented case, a healthy shark did not eat for about a year! So there is nothing to worry about! Don’t believe everything you saw in Jaws – it’s only a movie!
SCUBA DIVING MYTH: It’s expensive SCUBA DIVING TRUTH: Owning a mountain bike, golfing, boating, or skiing can be just as expensive as scuba diving! Oh yes! Diving gear can last for years and years and after a short while the cost of it can work out to just a few pennies per dive.
The mere thought of underwater ironing may seem at once terrifying and utterly futile. Even if you could effectively iron underwater, the garment would continue to be wet and thus need ironing again once you reached the surface. The other point, of course, is that electricity and water do not mix well, and generally speaking, irons are electrical appliances.
So, how does Underwater Ironing work?
Scuba Diver Ironing Underwater
As you will see from the following photos and video, underwater ironing actually occurs without electrical current, making it significantly less dangerous. Underwater ironing was “invented” by a group of Germans and is a fun stunt with no real purpose often performed to raise funds for charity.
Underwater Ironing World Record
Scuba Diver Ironing Underwater
The world record for underwater ironing is now held by the British, who made a group of 86 scuba divers who each descended and spent 10 minutes ironing at the bottom of a chilling 5-degree flooded quarry. Previously, the world record had been held by a group of 72 Australian divers.