A scuba-diving Santa is entertaining sharks, stingrays and visitors at a Cheshire Oaks attraction.
The fearless Father Christmas is braving shark-infested waters at the Blue Planet Aquarium to deliver presents to the in-house team of divers and also hand out some treats to the aquatic occupiers.
There may not be a ‘Santa stop here’ sign outside but the sub-aquatic Saint Nicholas is sharing the 3.8-metre litre display with 3m long sand tiger sharks, lemon sharks, giant stingrays and more than 700 other tropical fish.
There's still time to see Santa
Blue Planet Aquarium’s Phil Jones said: “Our shark diving talks and feeding displays in the giant ocean display are always one of the most popular parts of the visit for many people.
“We’re hoping our sub-aquatic Santa will add a festive twist to the experience and will prove to youngsters there really isn’t anywhere Father Christmas can’t deliver presents.”
He added: “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.”
The Diving Santa is taking the plunge daily during the aquarium’s regular dive shows until Christmas Eve.