Scuba Claus is Coming to Town

Scuba Claus Vancouver 2015

Image courtesy of the Vancouver Aquarium

There’s a new red and white-coloured species being featured underwater at the Vancouver Aquarium this holiday season. Santa’s distant cousin–Scuba Claus–will be appearing for daily dives in the Canada’s Arctic gallery with the beluga whales to help get things into the Christmas spirit.

This underwater phenomenon is just one of the festive celebrations scheduled during December at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Scuba Claus drops by the Aquarium every year to visit the many diverse animals throughout the Aquarium. This year you might find him visiting the belugas or swimming merrily amongst the halibut, rockfishes, sturgeon and sea stars in the Strait of Georgia exhibit. Attend one of these dive shows and you may just be lucky enough to get a high-five through the glass from Scuba Claus himself!

scuba clause vancouver 2015

Image courtesy of Vancouver Aquarium

If you want to stick to his schedule, Scuba Claus shows up at 12:30pm and 2:45pm every day. But keep an eye out in the other galleries as you never know when Scuba Claus might show up to say hello.

Aside from Scuba Claus, there are a host of other holiday features including an amazing Eel-Electric Lights display that shows how electricity is generated by an electric eel. You can marvel at a dazzling display of light while learning something, awesome!

The Polar Express will also be showing in the Aquarium theatre as a multi-sensory 4-D theatre experience that takes you through mountains and hilltops to snow-covered plains, all on a holiday train bound for the North Pole.

Marine Debris Tree by Pete Clarkson 2

Image courtesy of Vancouver Aquarium

In keeping with the aquatic holiday spirit, Tofino-based artist Pete Clarkson returns to Vancouver Aquarium to build a holiday marine debris tree. The towering tree is an impressive demonstration of trash becoming treasure. Clarkson collects each item from nearby shorelines to create his art, resulting in a beautiful display that also reminds us to help keep our shorelines free of litter.

Scuba Claus dives daily until December 24, with all other holiday displays at the Vancouver Aquarium continuing until January 3, 2016.  Vancouver Aquarium is open 365 days a year, including statutory holidays. For more information, and dive schedules, visit

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