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Twas the night before Fishmas…

By David Porter

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Twas the night before Fishmas and all through the tank not a creature was stirring, not even Hank (the halibut).

Although they are pretending to be asleep, the bull huss all take an occasionally peak.

For all the fish know that the time is drawing near when St Nicholas will soon be here.

He appears on the roof top, all dressed in red but is soon covered in neoprene, from his foot to his head.

Then, with a big red sack full of fishy loot, down into the water Santa scoots.

He speaks not a word, but gets straight to work, feeding the fish who have been good.

When his task is complete, he will give you a wave and even a high five, if your brave.

Then he will fly out of the tank, hop back into his sled and takes off like a shot but before he disappears he will often shout, loud and clear ‘Merry Fishmas to all and to all good cheer!’

While the busy year at Macduff Aquarium is winding down, Santa is just gearing up to start his busy season and he is kicking off his world wind tour this year with his annual dive in the Kelp Tank to feed the fish.

Speaking form the North Pole, Santa said: "I really enjoy my Christmas trip to Macduff Marine Aquarium.

"My favourite fish is Jemima the halibut (Hanks’ wife) as although she can be a bit cheeky with the divers, she does try really hard to be good!."

Visitors to the aquarium can come and join in with the festive fun.

There will be a 12 Days of Fishmas trail, a fishmas make-and-take craft, a sing- a- long and Santa will do a special prize draw from inside the tank each day! There are some great prizes to be won.

Santa will be diving at 2pm on Saturday, December 14, Sunday 15 and then again on Saturday 21.

The aquarium will open from 11am to 4pm, Saturday through Wednesday all winter (closed on Thursdays and Fridays).

Normal entry prices apply and tickets are valid all day.

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