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Quirky Halloween story: “Hallowmarine” – underwater carving among 20 sleek, Blacktip Reef Sharks

October 31, 2013 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

A school of 20 sleek, fast-moving blacktip reef sharks may elicit a few frights all year-round, but even the marine life of The National Aquarium’s new Blacktip Reef Exhibit deserve a special treat this Halloween.

An under-water pumpkin carving for “Hallowmarine” on Thursday will give the 700+ animals of Blacktip Reef, which opened this summer, a Halloween show of their own with delicious pumpkins carved into the likeness of some of the 65 species in the $12.5 million aquarium.

Visitors will judge the best underwater pumpkin carvings of sharks, fish, and the exhibit’s resident matriarch, the 500+ pound sea turtle Calypso, as part of the aquarium’s Halloween celebrations. The pumpkins themselves will be quickly devoured by the exhibit’s marine life, which also includes 5-foot wide whiprays, camouflaged ornate wobbegong sharks, and the aquarium’s beloved zebra sharks Zeke and Zoe.

Below are some photos of aquarist Emily Anderson carving The National Aquarium logo into some underwater Jack-O’-Lanterns (sans lanterns), which will be viewable from a 27-foot viewing window that curves four feet into the underwater reef itself.

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