Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Twas the Night Before Fishmas

Twas the night before Fishmas, and underneath the mall
10,000 sea creatures were most excited of all.
Glowing algae was hung for all to see,
while coral was stacked in the shape of a tree.

The minnows floated along as they dreamed
about plankton, kelp, and other sweet things.
Even sting rays who rested just inches away 
anxiously awaited a man and his sleigh. 

Atlantis was teeming with holiday cheer,
knowing that Scuba Claus soon would be here.

When somewhere above came a splish and a splash,
and away to the surface the fish swam in a flash.

From sharks to turtles, all were excited to see
what the commotion in the water could be.
It must be a rock falling into the deep blue.
Or could the tales of Scuba Claus be true?

Rumors had spread about a jolly old soul
who brought gifts and goodies to the fish down below.
It was then that they saw them – a swift, tiny fleet
of eight seahorses, each one he would greet:

"Now Splasher! Now, Snapper! Now, Pincher and Poseidon!
On, Cuddles! On, Bubbles! On, Scales and Triton!"
From the bottom of the sea, one by one he would call.
"Now swim away! Swim away! Swim away all!"

Like currents they flew through the deep ocean sea,
gliding and spreading waves of Holiday glee.
Tangs and rays gathered, and knew it must be
cheery, plump Scuba Claus, the fish did agree.

Green Sea Turtles emerged for a closer look
of his eight tiny helpers and the bells that he shook.
The seahorses pulled the sleigh through rollers and waves,
right past the Jellyfish and toward Coral Caves.

Clownfish and tang greeted him there,
their colors stood out next to the white of his hair.

Claus wore a red coat that could be seen from afar, 
much like the skin of a nearby red-knobbed sea star.

Silently he floated towards the largest exhibit of all,
amazed that a 300 foot tunnel stood under a mall
1.3 million gallons is surely a lot,
but paled in comparison to the bag that he brought.

Toys and treats were welcomed by sturgeon and gar.
Their eyes looked amazed, their mouths stood ajar.
The spout of a snorkel was held tight in this smile,
while the bubbles encircled his face for a while.

Barnacles clung to his suit, sand entwined in his hair,
and the twinkle in his eye bared compassion and care.
He was generous and bright, a real pleasure indeed
and delivered his gifts with both swiftness and speed.

Even Caiman and Dart Frogs took note of their guest,
they caught a quick glance before their long winters rest.
Each of the sea creatures were eager to see
Scuba Claus in their home before his jovial flee.

It was then that he whistled and nodded to his team.
They glided with grace, with such style and gleam.
Away they flew through the Aquarium and out of the mall.
"Merry Christmas to everyone, and Happy Holidays to all!"



Stay tuned to SEA LIFE Minnesota's Facebook Page for the next verse! A new line will be posted every day until the night before Fishmas!

Write us a comment to be entered to win 1 of many cool prizes! Winners will be announced on Facebook!

www.sealifeus.com


85 comments:

  1. Thanks for the poem cannot wait to hear more, you posting this gave me an idea... we have not bought gifts yet for my family, nor have we come to Sea Life in years. My Daughter is a huge Marine Fan... wants to work with Sharks after school... she is 17 right now. So Thinking maybe tickets to come there for the day would be a greats gift!! My last Christmas as of her being a lil girl :O(

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  2. Haha! I love it! What a cute poem! This is my son's favorite place! I brought my son and his best friend to Sea Life for my son's birthday last year and they did the overnight in the tunnel and then they snorkeled in the morning! It was a wonderful experience!

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  3. Love sealife! Havnt been in awhile! Would love to win!

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  4. I love going to Sea Life Aquarium at MOA.
    Emily Best best0066@umn.edu

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  5. This is fantastic! I love that seahorses are pulling scuba clause's sleigh! We would love to hang out at the moaning and sea life for my sons bday this month.
    ~Jenny Lenz

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  6. Congratulations, crystal bergquist! You have won 4 Nickelodeon Mystery Passes (each good for 1 ride, a day of rides, or an entire year of rides). Please email your mailing address to: slm.interns@gmail.com and we will get your prize in the mail!

    Everyone who did not win will be eligible to receive a pair of SEA LIFE Minnesota tickets! Post a comment to our blog today (include your first/last name) to be entered to win a pair of tickets to the Aquarium!

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  7. Love the reindeer seahorses!
    Deb Springman

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  8. I love the poem!!! Can't wait to take my kids there again ! Melanie Rogalla rogallamel@gmail.com

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  9. I love the poem!!! Can't wait to take my kids there again ! Melanie Rogalla rogallamel@gmail.com

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  10. My 6 year old and 2 year old would love to go. They both were born in december, so we could celebrate their b-day's there! Love the poem!

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    1. Did you know they have day of birthday specials, for there and Nickelodeon Land.

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  11. Keep the poem coming loving it!
    Jacquelyn Whitsitt

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  12. What a cute and creative poem!
    Darcy Tabis

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  13. Congratulations, Jacquelyn Whitsitt! You have won 2 tickets to SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium. Please email your mailing address to: slm.interns@gmail.com and we will get your prize in the mail!

    Everyone who did not win will be eligible to receive a pair of vouchers for free pitas at Pita Pit! Post a comment to our blog today (include your first/last name) to be entered to win free pitas from Pita Pit!

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    1. Hi is there a number I can contact you at? I am actually coming there on the 26th and would love to be able to pick up my tickets there?? If possible!!

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  14. Congratulations, Melanie Rogalla! You have won 2 vouchers for free pitas at Pita Pit! Please email your mailing address to: slm.interns@gmail.com and we will get your prize in the mail!

    Everyone who did not win will be eligible to receive 4 Nickelodeon Mystery Passes (each good for 1 ride, a day of rides, or an entire year of rides)! Post a comment to our blog today (include your first/last name) to be entered to win 4 Nick-U Mystery Passes!

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  15. Cute poem, can't wait to hear the rest! :)
    Deb Springman

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  16. Loving the poem! Thanks for the giveaway :) Ashley Duran ashleyduran16@hotmail.com

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  17. That's very creative! Thanks for sharing! We have never been to the aquarium, but would love to experience it someday! :)

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  18. Wonderful poem :) I love the turtles and baby seahorses.

    Amanda Asendorf

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  19. That is the best poem I have ever read really neat. I read it to my son he thought it was great. We would love to win tickets to come there and see it in person thanks for the chance for tickets.

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  20. Love it! Also love an indoor winter activity. Putting it on my list.

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  21. Congratulations, Amanda Asendorf! You have won 4 Nickelodeon Mystery Passes (each good for 1 ride, a day of rides, or an entire year of rides). Please email your mailing address to: slm.interns@gmail.com and we will get your prize in the mail!

    Everyone who did not win will be eligible to receive a pair of SEA LIFE Minnesota tickets! Post a comment to our blog today (include your first/last name) to be entered to win a pair of tickets to the Aquarium!

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  22. Very cool poem! Congrats to Amanda.
    We are hoping to win a pair of Sea Life tix.
    Nancy Koepp

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  23. The KIds love Sea Life Minnesota! And they so enjoyed the behind the scenes tour!

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  24. My two boys would love to see those cute sea horses :)
    Deb Springman

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  25. Love the poem! Now here's one for you...
    Roses are red
    Mice like cheez
    I love your poem
    Can I win PLEEZ!!!!

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  26. Would love to check out the place - haven't seen it since the remodel!
    Darcy Tabis

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  27. THIS will be THE FIRST place we will be taking our out-of-state guests when they visit MN next week! So excited to bring them & show them our fav MOA spot! My teen son is a fish "expert" and will give them a personal tour! :)
    Bill Taylor

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  28. Congratulations, Deb Springman! You have won a pair of ticket to SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium. Please email your mailing address to: slm.interns@gmail.com and we will get your prize in the mail!

    Everyone who did not win will be eligible to receive a pair of vouchers to Pinstripes: valid for a complimentary appetizer or bowling/bocce! Post a comment to our blog today (include your first/last name) to be entered to win a pair of Pinstripes vouchers!

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  29. Congratulations, Jennifer Lenz! You have won a pair of vouchers to Pinstripes: valid for a complimentary appetizer or bowling/bocce! Please email your mailing address to: slm.interns@gmail.com and we will get your prize in the mail!

    Everyone who did not win will be eligible to receive a pair of tickets to SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium! Post a comment to our blog today (include your first/last name) to be entered to win a pair of Aquarium tickets!

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  30. Loving every addition to the poem! So cute :) Ashley Duran.

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  31. THIS will be the 1st place we will be taking our out-of-state inlaws when they visit MN next week! My teen son is a fish "expert" and will give them a personal tour! :) He loves all species of sea creatures & this is his fav MOA place to go!

    Bill Taylor

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  32. I would love to be able to take my girls there for the 1st time.

    Kim McLendon

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  33. We would love to visit again. This is one of my son's favorite places to visit. ~Lola Haus

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  34. Would love to go, but AFTER the holidays. The MOA is scary this time of year!!!
    Darcy Tabis

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  35. The Sea life aquarium is an awesome experience!

    Paulette Liedl

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  36. LOve to take the family there!!!

    Alen McLendon

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  37. Congratulations, Bill Taylor! You have won a pair of ticket to SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium. Please email your mailing address to: slm.interns@gmail.com and we will get your prize in the mail!

    Everyone who did not win will be eligible to receive a pair of tickets to SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium! Post a comment to our blog today (include your first/last name) to be entered to win a pair of Aquarium tickets!

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  38. I would love to take the girls!!

    Kim Mclendon

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  39. We would love to visit again. Last time we took the train all the way from Becker. It was great...no traffic!

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  40. Merry Christmas! Love each addition to the poem :) Ashley Duran

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  41. Great new addition to the poem :)

    Paulette Liedl

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  42. Love the Poem can't wait to hear more . I have lost my turtle of 18 years and I think a trip to sealife would make things all right.
    shelly parent

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  43. Congratulations, Paulette Liedl! You have won a pair of ticket to SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium. Please email your mailing address to: slm.interns@gmail.com and we will get your prize in the mail!

    Everyone who did not win will be eligible to receive a pair of tickets to SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium! Post a comment to our blog today (include your first/last name) to be entered to win a pair of Aquarium tickets!

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  45. Still loving the poem. Can't wait until it's finished :) Ashley Duran

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  46. Congratulations, Ashley Duran! You have won a pair of ticket to SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium. Please email your mailing address to: slm.interns@gmail.com and we will get your prize in the mail!

    Everyone who did not win will be eligible to receive a pair of tickets to SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium! Post a comment to our blog today (include your first/last name) to be entered to win a pair of Aquarium tickets!

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  47. Great poem, love Sealife MN, kids think it is super cool!
    Toni Roehlke

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  48. love the daily additions to the poem. i check it at work...shhhhhh, don't tell. :) Sealife is awesome!
    ~Lola Haus

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  50. Congratulations, Lola Haus! You have won a pair of ticket to SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium. Please email your mailing address to: slm.interns@gmail.com and we will get your prize in the mail!

    Everyone who did not win will be eligible to receive a pair of tickets to SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium! Post a comment to our blog today (include your first/last name) to be entered to win a pair of Aquarium tickets!

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  51. Yay! Thank you very much. An email is on the way. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

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  52. It's getting cuter every day!
    Darcy Tabis

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  53. Congratulations, Darcy Tabis! You have won a pair of ticket to SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium. Please email your mailing address to: slm.interns@gmail.com and we will get your prize in the mail!

    In celebration of the TWELFTH DAY OF FISHMAS, everyone who did not win will be eligible to receive a FAMILY 4-PACK of tickets to SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium! Post a comment to our blog today (include your first/last name) to be entered to win a FAMILY 4-PACK of Aquarium tickets!

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  54. Love the reindeer seahorses. Love the sea life. Cute story!

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  55. My kid's love the aquarium and have enjoyed spending night's there with their respective scout troops. Rick Jones

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  56. would love to take the girls

    Kim McLendon

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  57. Congratulations, Kim McLendon! You have won a family 4-pack of ticket to SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium. Please email your mailing address to: slm.interns@gmail.com and we will get your prize in the mail!

    Thank you to everyone who participated in our '12 days of Fishmas' giveaways and to everyone who enjoyed the 'Night Before Fishmas' poem! Happy Holidays!

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  58. Thank You!!! Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year!! Email is sent :)

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