Tuesday, 17th November 2009
In Events In Japan,
Japanese aquarium features scuba-diving Santa
An aquarium in Japan is getting into the festive spirit early by letting Santa Claus take part in one of its feeding shows.
The Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise centre, which is on the outskirts of capital city Tokyo, now has an employee dressed as Santa in its Beluga whale feeding show.
Video footage shows a scuba-diving Santa enter the whale's tank to feed it sardines.
According to Sky News: "Mesmerised visitors then got another surprise when more sardines were released from the bottom of a tank and swam upwards in a cone to form a fishy Christmas tree."
Once the Beluga whale had eaten the sardines, it rewarded Santa with a ride around the tank on its nose.
Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is also home to the first surf rollercoaster in Japan, which sees riders taken out over the ocean during the ride, and also has a marina and an Aqua Museum.
Written by Graham McPherson.
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