Visitors to the Blue Planet Aquarium at Cheshire Oaks are set to be entertained over the festive period by a scuba-diving Santa Claus.
The fearless Father Christmas is braving shark-infested waters to deliver presents to the aquarium’s team of divers and also hand out some treats to the fishy residents.
The sub-aquatic Saint Nick is sharing the 3.8 million litre display with three-metre-long sand tiger sharks, lemon sharks, giant stingrays and more than 700 other tropical fish.
Blue Planet Aquarium’s Andy Hygate said: “The highlight of many people’s visit is our regular shark diving talks and feeding displays in the giant ocean display.
“We’re hoping our sub-aquatic Santa will add a real festive twist to the experience and will prove to youngsters there really isn’t anywhere Father Christmas can’t deliver presents!
“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,” he added.
Diving Santa will be taking the plunge every weekend from Saturday, December 1st during the aquarium’s regular dive shows and will be diving daily from December 17th – 24th.