couple of large boxes were delivered to the Newport Aquarium, an early
Christmas present to the aquarium from Scuba Santa.
A pair of large white
wooden crates – each measuring more than 8 feet long, 3 feet wide and 2 feet
tall – sat outside of the aquarium since November 8, leaving many wondering what Scuba Santa would deliver this Christmas.
On Tuesday, Scuba Santa revealed his gifts to the public: A
pair of rare white American Alligators.
The white alligators, Snowball and Snowflake, will call the
Rainforest Exhibit their home throughout the Water Wonderland experience, which
runs November 29 through January 1.
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."
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.