Oct 28, 2012 8:56 PM by Hope Hanselman, KSBY News

Underwater pumpkin carving has locals diving into the spirit of Halloween

Days away from Halloween, jack-o-lanterns are popping up everywhere. Some of them are surfacing in some unexpected places.

A local diving company, SLO Ocean Currents, holds an annual competition for certified divers to carve pumpkins under water.

Each participant brings a pre-gutted pumpkin to the dive location in Morro Bay and spends about 45 minutes at the bottom of the harbor carving the pumpkin.

They are up against some challenges, however.

"The current tends to move you around and the pumpkins float, which doesn't help," said John McCoid, of Arroyo Grande. "We've got a weight inside the pumpking to try and keep it on the bottom, but the currents moving you around and it's hard to get leverage when you're trying to do something trying to sit still."

Divers say visibility is tough at the bottom, where they are kicking up sand and silt that clouds the workspace.

Still, divers keep coming back each year for the challenge and unique way to dive into the spirit of Halloween.



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