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Japan Photo Journal: Diving Santas greet visitors at west Japan aquarium

(Mainichi/Satoshi Hishida)

A diver dressed up as Santa Claus is seen waving to visitors while swimming alongside a whale shark and other fish inside a tank at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan in the city's Minato Ward. The annual event that takes place ahead of Christmas Day is being held for the 28th time. This year, divers are being divided into many fish tanks so that visitors will not crowd around in one spot, and the number of people who could enter the facility has also been limited to around 30% of regular years. The "Santa divers" appear three times a day, from the afternoon through the evening, with sessions lasting some 30 minutes each. Visitors can take commemorative photos with Santa at the "Pacific Ocean" tank housing a whale shark. Divers can also be seen feeding marine animals in the "Tasman Sea" tank, home to Pacific white-sided dolphins. A 26-year-old resident of the city of Osaka who visited the aquarium with her 1-year-old son commented, "We found Santa, and my son looked happy while waving at him."

    (Japanese original by Satoshi Hishida, Osaka Photo Department)

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