A unique pumpkin carving competition took place at South Carolina Aquarium on Friday, October 21. Six divers participated at the contest and carved Halloween pumpkins in a giant tank, while fish were swimming around them. The visitors could admire six different and unique designs after only twenty minutes of work from the divers.
The Underwater Pumpkin Carving contest is an event which is organized each year. The 2016 edition was hosted by the largest tank in North America. It is called the Great Ocean Tank, and it is forty-two feet deep.
The competition lasted for twenty minutes. The divers’ task was to create a unique carving on the Halloween pumpkins. The design had to be related to the aquatic environment. The winner was an elaborated octopus engraving from a master diver.
People who visited the South Carolina Aquarium on Friday had the chance to see the divers at work and choose their favorite Halloween pumpkin. They had five orange pumpkins to choose from, and one yellow pineapple, as one of the divers decided to try something different this year.
If you find the show interesting, but you are concerned about the aquatic animals, you shouldn’t worry. Specialists explain that the fish interacted just well with the divers, and were not disturbed by their activity and devices. Moreover, they added that the environment change is beneficial for the sea creatures.
The Great Ocean Tank at the South Carolina Aquarium is the home of hundreds of fish. There are also sharks, which were not removed from the tank at the moment of the competition. Neither they nor the divers felt intimidated by each others’ presence.
The competition on October 21 is not the only one held at the South Carolina Aquarium. Another similar show will be displayed next week, on October 28. The next underwater contest will begin at 11 a.m.
What’s more, the carving of underwater Halloween pumpkins is such a popular activity that other aquariums made it available too. A similar performance will be held at Orlando’s Sea Life Aquarium on October 31. There are scheduled two such shows, so the public has many chances to see the competitions and admire the divers’ skills.
There are people who find it difficult to carve their Halloween pumpkin for trick-or-treaters. However, the divers took the tradition to a whole new level thanks to their incredible skill of craving the traditional lanterns underwater. Will you go to see one of the shows?
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