In a delightful twist during the routine stingray feeding show, visitors were treated to the sight of Santa Claus, garbed in his classic red suit and buoyancy compensator, making a grand entrance. Aquarist Senzo Gumede embraced the role of Santa Claus, diving into the colossal tank to handfeed the rays and other marine creatures. The unexpected performance captivated onlookers, including Durban resident Sune Van der Bergh, who humorously shared, “There we were, watching them feed the stingrays, and the next minute, Santa is diving down in his full suit, waving to the crowd and feeding all the stingrays. I did not know he has his diver’s license, so that was pretty cool.”
The underwater spectacle resonated with visitors, drawing admiration from tourists like Kelly, who expressed her amazement, saying, “I saw the last bit of it, but for the kids, it would have been something really amazing. I would come back for that actually.” Santa’s submerged appearance left a lasting and enchanting impression on both children and adults.
Spanning 16 hectares along Durban’s Golden Mile, uShaka Marine World annually attracts 1.5 million visitors with its renowned entertainment theme park and premier attractions. Among its highlights are the Southern Hemisphere’s largest aquarium and the thrilling Wet ‘n Wild waterpark. The park’s diverse offerings encompass engaging experiences such as the Chimp and Zee Rope Adventure, the captivating Dangerous Creatures exhibit, and the immersive Sea Animal Encounters Island.