Halloween Gets Wet in Annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving Competition at the South Carolina Aquarium

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Divers from the South Carolina Aquarium Carve Intricate Designs into Pumpkins

Carving pumpkins on dry land is hard enough, carving a pumpkin 30 feet underwater with sharks swimming around is quite the feat. That’s exactly what divers at the South Carolina Aquarium did today as part of the Aquarium’s annual underwater pumpkin carving competition. The six divers carved sea-inspired designs into the pumpkins while submerged in the deepest tank in North America, the Aquarium’s Great Ocean Tank, which is 42-feet deep and filled with hundreds of fishy friends. One diver had a special surprise—instead of a carving a traditional pumpkin, the diver opted for a pineapple instead!

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It took the divers approximately 20 minutes to carve the pumpkins, guests at the Aquarium then voted on their favorite design through applause. This year the octopus took home the win. Underwater carving serves as a form of enrichment for the animals that live in the Great Ocean Tank. The activity offers a form of stimulation and introduces new, fun objects into their environment.

The next underwater carving will take place October 28, at 11 a.m. The extraordinary underwater carving experience is included with Aquarium admission. For more information call (843) 577-FISH (3474) or visit scaquarium.org.

Fast Facts:

  •     Divers carved pumpkins, and one pineapple while underwater at the South Carolina Aquarium
  •     Underwater pumpkin carving serves as a form of enrichment for animals living in the Great Ocean Tank.
  •     A second underwater carving competition will take place on Oct. 28 at 11 a.m.
  •     The demonstration is included with general admission to the Aquarium

About the South Carolina Aquarium:
The South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston’s most visited attraction, features thousands of amazing aquatic animals from river otters and sharks to loggerhead turtles in more than 60 exhibits representing the rich biodiversity of South Carolina from the mountains to the sea. Dedicated to promoting education and conservation, the Aquarium also presents fabulous views of Charleston harbor and interactive exhibits and programs for visitors of all ages.
The South Carolina Aquarium, a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Aquarium is closed Thanksgiving Day, half day Dec. 24 (open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and Dec. 25. Admission prices are: Toddlers (2 and under) free; Youth (3-12) $17.95; Adults (13+) $24.95. For more information call 843-720-1990 or visit scaquarium.org. Memberships are available by calling 843-577-FISH.

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