Santa Claus shows off SCUBA skills at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) - Santa Claus stopped by Dubuque earlier today, but there was a catch- he was underwater.

A family takes a rare photo opportunity with Santa Claus as he shows off his SCUBA skills at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (Aaron Scheinblum, KCRG)

Santa showed off his SCUBA skills at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, an annual event serving as an unconventional way of seeing Mr. Claus.

Many families lined up to see Santa and his Christmas Tree counterpart take over one of the fish tanks.

As people took the rare photo opportunity to find Santa among sea creatures, organizers at the museum and aquarium said it is an event they continue to host because it is their way of providing something unique.

"Kids will visit Santa at the mall or a department store, a bunch of different places, but they've never seen Santa quite like this," said Andrew Brunner, Marketing Manager for the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. "So to see them in a tank diving with our animals, it's really a unique experience and it's really exciting for them."

Brunner said it serves the families for a great event, but also gives Santa a chance to expand his horizons.

"SCUBA Santa is really a unique opportunity because not only does it give Santa an opportunity to escape the North Pole and have a little bit of hydrotherapy before heads back to deliver gifts, but it's also a really cool experience for our guests, and the kids to see Santa, and also learn a little bit about the history here and everything we have and the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium," Brunner said.

For those who did not get to see Santa today, rumor has it he will return to the tank Sunday. Brunner said Santa plans to return at 11 a.m. on Sunday.