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Get With the Times and Carve Your Pumpkins Underwater

Painting pumpkins is old news. Wanna pumpkin carve the way all the cool kids are doing it? Then strap on your scuba gear, get some waterproof carving tools and drag your pumpkin to the bottom of the sea.


Painting pumpkins is old news. Wanna pumpkin carve the way all the cool kids are doing it?

Then strap on your scuba gear, get some waterproof carving tools and drag your pumpkin to the bottom of the sea.

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If you think that sounds like a challenge, you're right. The people who carve their pumpkins underwater have to deal with all the stuff that makes carving pumpkins hard on land.

But on top of that, they have to stop their pumpkin from floating away, not get too freaked out if some curious aquatic critters come to check out the scene, and maintain their scuba breathing and gear.

Fish have been known to get in on the action.


It's not easy, but that hasn't stopped people all around the country from trying to nail the perfectly carved underwater pumpkin.

The South Carolina Aquarium holds a contest every year challenging scuba divers to carve pumpkins amidst the sharks in just 20 minutes. Last year, a sea turtle pumpkin was the grand-prize winner.

Underwater Pumpkin Carving 2012 at the South Carolina Aquarium www.youtube.com

For this Halloween season, Amoray Dive Resort in Florida held their 19th annual underwater pumpkin carving contest.

Two brothers, Sebastian and Gabriel Gimeno, took home the first prize for their design of a dolphin and half moon.

As the contests continue to become more popular, Alert Diver has some tips.

First, remember to respect your environment: Bring only carving gear that will come back up to the surface with you, and don't wear any kind of Halloween costume that could come apart in the water, like something with feathers, or anything that would scare underwater animals.

And of course, be sure to keep an eye on your scuba gear — it won't be much fun to carve the prizewinning jack-o-lantern but run out of air while doing it!

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