Halloween in San Francisco: Underwater Pumpkin Carving

October 25, 2011

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The aquatic biologists and divers at the Aquarium of the Bay at San Francisco’s Pier 39 will take their talents to new levels, by carving festive designs in pumpkins, while submerged in 350,000 gallons of water, in one of the aquarium’s “Under the Bay” exhibit tunnels.  This special first-time-ever event with take place from 1:00-2:30 pm from Thursday, October 28th through Halloween Day, Monday, October 31st.

Since many fish species including the Aquarium’s wide variety of Rockfish are omnivores, pumpkin bites are a healthy, albeit unusual, form of enrichment for the animals.  Be sure to bring your camera for unique Halloween photos, and post images to the Aquarium of the Bay Flickr group.Aquarium of the Bay, Kids in Tunnels, credit to Josh Edelson

But pumpkin carving isn’t the only thing you will see during your visit:  The aquarium is home to 20,000 aquatic animals from the San Francisco Bay and nearby  waters, including nearly 200 different species of sharks, skates, rays, jellies, rock fish, flat fish, eels, and sea stars.

The niftiest features of the Aquarium of the Bay are its two signature tunnel tanks made from 2.5” thick acrylic and holding over 700,000 gallons of filtered Bay water.  As you make your way down the 300’ of moving sidewalks, sharks, rays, and fish swim alongside and overhead of you.

The Aquarium of the Bay is located at The Embarcadero and Beach Street near San Francisco’s historic Fisherman’s Wharf, and can be reached by public transportation or car.  The aquarium is open everyday except December 25. General operating hours, which change seasonally and to accommodate special events, are 10 am to 6 pm on weekdays and from 10 am to 7 pm on weekends. Summer hours are 9 am to 8 pm every day.

Click here for the full calendar of upcoming events and tours, and call 888-SEA-DIVE, 415 623 5300 or visit the Aquarium’s website for additional information.  Tickets can be purchased online in advance of your visit.

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James March 31, 2012 at 6:10 AM

This is quite different if I may say so myself. I’ve never seen an underwater pumpkin carving before. Do fish eat off the portions that were carved? :0)

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