Scuba-Diving Santa Claus Delights Children in San Francisco

Scuba Santa on Tuesday suited up for a dive in the California Academy of Sciences' Philippine Coral Reef tank. During his time in the 212,000-gallon exhibit, Scuba Santa answered reef-related questions from visitors. The event is part of the Academy’s annual ‘Tis the Season for Science: Life on Ice exhibit, which runs through January 7). The special holiday dive show will happen daily at 11:30 am through Monday, December 25.

(Published Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017)

Santa Claus doesn't just sit at shopping malls in snow-challenged San Francisco: He also goes scuba diving.

The California Academy of Sciences launched its annual Scuba Santa show Tuesday with about 100 children and adults crowded around a coral reef exhibit to watch jolly St. Nick feed fish.

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Diver George Bell also answered questions via underwater microphone about the reef and reindeer.

He high-fived through the glass and posed for photos, delighting children thrilled with a swimming Santa.

The daily feeding runs through Christmas Day.

The academy's Philippine Coral Reef tank holds 212,000 gallons (802,000 liters) and has thousands of reef fish representing about 100 species.

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Parent Michali Kolnick says the tradition is a charming San Francisco "spin on meeting Santa."

Those at home can watch online by webcam.