San Francisco: Hier geht der Weihnachtsmann baden

San Francisco: Hier geht der Weihnachtsmann baden

In San Francisco geht der Weihnachtsmann baden, oder tauchen: Die "California Academy of Sciences" (deutsch: Akademie der Wissenschaften) schickt alle Jahre wieder einen Weihnachtsmann unter Wasser. Der verkleidete Taucher fütterte die Fische und beantwortete Fragen über das Korallenriff und Rentiere. 

Santa Claus doesn't just sit at shopping malls in snow-challenged San Francisco: He also goes scuba diving.

The California Academy of Sciences launched its annual Scuba Santa show Tuesday with about 100 children and adults crowded around a coral reef exhibit to watch jolly St. Nicholas feed fish.

Diver George Bell also answered questions via underwater microphone about the reef and reindeer.

"Some get more serious about Santa than others. There's often someone who challenges my knowledge of the eight reindeers names. So, I'm prepared," Bell said.

He high-fived through the glass and posed for photos, delighting children thrilled with a swimming Santa.

The daily feeding runs through Christmas Day.

The academy's Philippine Coral Reef tank holds 212,000 gallons (802,000 liters) and has thousands of reef fish representing about 100 species.