A yellowtail snapper waits for scraps as Donna Beckmann creates her entry at the Underwater Pumpkin Carving contest Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Key Largo, Fla. Beckmann and other divers submerged 30 feet beneath the sea to take part in the wacky competition staged by the Amoray Dive Resort near Elbow Reef. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Keys Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest Features Presidential Politics

A whimsical jack-o-lantern, representing undecided voters for America’s 8 November presidential election, won top honours at the Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest staged on Sunday in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Jana Vandelaar and her daughter Jacqueline, 13, of Key Largo, Florida, added large round eyes and outstretched hands to their carved pumpkin to symbolise the ‘who should we vote for’ dilemma that seems to be challenging many Americans with the election less than a month away.

When completed, their creation rested on the sea floor 30 feet below the surface, amid other carved pumpkins including ‘Howl-ary Clinton’ and ‘Donald Trumpkin’.

Creative artists of all ages submerged with knives to pare facial features, accessorising their orange gourds as they carved, surrounded by the Florida Keys coral reef and fish.

Participating divers were challenged to keep the hollowed-out, naturally buoyant pumpkins from floating off while they carved their works of art.

Staged by Amoray Dive Resort, the annual contest, held before Halloween each October, took place near Elbow Reef about six miles off Key Largo.

For further information on the Florida Keys & Key West, visit www.fla-keys.co.uk.


Beth Higham

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