A sand tiger shark swims past scuba divers installing a majolica Christmas crib in the shark’s tank at the Cattolica Aquarium in Italy. Picture: Cattolica Aquarium via AP
A sand tiger shark swims past scuba divers installing a majolica Christmas crib in the shark’s tank at the Cattolica Aquarium in Italy. Picture: Cattolica Aquarium via AP

Holy aquarium! Shark gets in on nativity scene

CHRISTMAS time nativity scenes usually feature donkeys, cows and sheep.

That could help explain the interest generated when divers mounted a creche in the shark tank of the aquarium in the Italian Adriatic city of Cattolica.

The sharks who call the Cattolica Aquarium home - a 3-metre sand tiger shark named Brigitte and her fellow tank-mates, closely inspected the work last week as divers installed the ceramic tiled nativity scene on an underwater column.

At one point Brigitte got too close and was poked to stay away.

With its 3000 sea creatures representing 400 species, the Cattolica is the largest aquarium on the Adriatic.

Italy is famous for its "presepe," the hand-crafted nativity scenes that often take over entire Italian living rooms at Christmas time.


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