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Macduff Marine Aquarium will livestream Scuba Santa with the fish

By Chris Saunderson

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Christmas is coming early for some fishy characters.

A special visitor will be giving the fishy residents at Macduff Marine Aquarium some festive treats and you can watch from anywhere via Facebook Live.

The event will be broadcast via Facebook on Wednesday, December 23 at 4pm https://bit.ly/3f55ndv.

Scuba Santa is going swimming with the fish.
Scuba Santa is going swimming with the fish.

Aquarium staff made the decision to go digital this year, after Santa got in touch to ask if the event could be made sole-cially safe.

Aquarium learning officer, Marie Dare, said: “This way everyone can stay all cosy and safe at home and watch Santa as he dusts off his dive kit to get into the main tank for his annual visit to feed the fish their Christmas dinners.

"While we will miss seeing the faces of visitors as they watch Scuba Santa, this way we hope many more people will be able to enjoy the event virtually”.

Aquarium manager, Claire Matthews, added: “We are delighted that we have been able to remain open following lockdown earlier this year and are working hard to follow government guidelines to keep everyone safe.

“We know that a visit to the aquarium feels a bit different for the moment – our feed shows and talks remain suspended – but we hope that it is a fun way to discover something new, especially with our Festive Fish Trail, new for the season.

"Our enthusiastic team are on hand to answer questions – from a safe distance, of course.”

Macduff Marine Aquarium remains open, with social distancing measures in place, from 11am–4pm Saturday though Wednesday (closed Thursdays and Fridays) with the exception of December 24-26 and December 31-January 2 (inclusive) when it will be closed.

Anybody planning to visit the aquarium during the Christmas holiday are asked to book in advance to avoid disappointment as visitor numbers are

limited: https://www.macduff-aquarium.org.uk/visit/book-your-visit.

Virtual Diving Santa is part of a package of festive events available online through Live Life Aberdeenshire’s new webpage Live Life @ Home: https://bit.ly/LLAhome.

Customers will find an exciting range of events and activities all under one roof.

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