White American alligators Snowball (left) and Snowflake were delivered to Newport Aquarium from Scuba Santa as part of his 10-year anniversary celebration.
NEWPORT, Ky. – In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of Scuba Santa’s® Water Wonderland, world-renowned Scuba Santa revealed Tuesday a pair of rare white American Alligators for Newport Aquarium.
The white alligators, Snowflake and Snowball, will call the Rainforest Exhibit their home throughout the Water Wonderland experience, which runs Nov. 29, 2013, through Jan. 1, 2014, except for Christmas Day, when Scuba Santa rests from his big night. Each gator measures roughly six feet in length, with the female Snowflake weighing approximately 65 pounds and the male Snowball weighing 85 pounds. In Newport Aquarium’s constant efforts to offer guests more new to see and do, Snowflake and Snowball are two of less than approximately 100 known white alligators in the world.
“Because of their lack of camouflage and sensitivity to UV rays, white alligators have a low survival rate in the wild,” said Ric Urban, Animal Ambassador. “Our ability to display these two rare animals in a well-lit area while shielding them from dangerous UV rays in the Rainforest Exhibit provides our guests with a very unique opportunity to get up close and personal with these two natural wonders.”
The Scuba Santa® Water Wonderland – which has been featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America”, NBC’s “The Today Show”, CBS’ “The Early Show”, USA Today and The New York Times – is one of the tri-state area’s favorite holiday traditions. The Kentucky Travel Industry Association has named it a Winter/Holiday Top 10 Festivals & Events in each of the past two years, and five of the last nine overall.
Scuba Santa® and his magical underwater sleigh, seahorses and Pixie the elf will delight and amaze while inside a 385,000-gallon tank filled with tiger sharks, zebra sharks, stingrays, four rare and exotic shark rays, as well as a very curious 200-pound loggerhead sea turtle named Denver. The dive show features Scuba Santa entertaining the audience from beneath the sea, highlighted by a special underwater reading of “Twas the Night before Christmas” from Santa’s Magic Story Book.
Annual Pass Sale: In time for the holidays, guests who purchase three Newport Aquarium Annual Passes will receive a fourth Annual Pass free. The Annual Pass Holiday Special ends on Dec. 31. Existing Annual Passholders can renew their passes during this promotion to receive $3 off the renewal rate for even more savings.
For more information on Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland and the white gators, visit www.newportaquarium.com or call 800-406-3474.
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