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Santa swims with the fish

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Santa Claus is coming to town, but he’s making his first stop at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.

Scuba Santa is swimming in the Great Maya Reef alongside fish and stingrays.

“Santa flew in on his sleigh just like he would on Christmas Eve and he contacted us and said hey, ‘I want to come hang out with the fish and the rays and spend some time in New Orleans before I have to travel around the world in a single night,’” Desiree Bell, director of the dive program at the aquarium, said.

Guests can greet Santa and his helpers, including a diving elf and reindeer, and even snap selfie’s with the man in red.

The jolly old elf will also out around the exhibit.

“Santa is going to be feeding and cleaning this week. He's helping us around the aquarium, he is a qualified, certified diver and told us he would like to share some of his skills here this week,” Bell said.

You can find Santa at the Aquarium on these days and times:

December 18: 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

December 19: 10 a.m.

December 20: 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

December 22: 4 p.m.

December 23: noon

December 24: 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

You can also take a dip in the Great Maya Reef Tunnel yourself, just visit the Aquarium’s website for more information.

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