Scuba Santa at National Sea Life Centre

Santa and his trusty Elf have donned their scuba gear and dived into the UK’s only tropical ocean tunnel at the Sea Life Centre, to prepare its resident sharks, giant sea turtles and hundreds of creatures for the festive season.

Whilst households across the UK have this weekend been donning their tinsel and putting up their Christmas tree, the creatures at the centre have had their own festive preparations to begin.

‘Scuba Santa’ and Elf took to the depths of the 25 degree tropical tank to set up the aquarium’s underwater Christmas tree and give the tank a festive spruce up for the season.

‘A winter spruce up and setting up the underwater Christmas tree is all part of our festive enrichment schedule,’ explains the aquarium’s Curator, Jonny Rudd.

‘Although we have to say, we’re not sure Santa was used to the tank’s tropical temperature!’

The National Sea Life Centre based in Brindleyplace, Birmingham, is home to over 2000 creatures, including black-tip reef sharks, a bowmouth guitar shark, two giant green sea turtles and more. Guests visiting the attraction before 23rd December will be able to meet and greet with Santa included with their entry ticket. For further information visit

(Image: Merlin)