Underwater jack-o-lantern carving with the Las Vegas Scuba Meetup

Posted: 10/11/2012 in all marine news

Gina Rose DiGiovanna –

Dragging a pumpkin into the depths of Cottonwood Cove on Lake Mohave decked out in scuba regalia isn’t for the faint of heart.

But on October 13 at 8 a.m., members of the Las Vegas Scuba Meetup group will gather to carve jack-o-lanterns underwater.

According to group coordinator Christine Nottage, fish love pumpkin guts.

The Meetup group for water-loving desert-dwellers has grown to about 195 members since 2009.

They range from technical divers and dive masters to California transplants.

Along with pumpkins, fish apparently also love the edible Christmas ornaments that Meetup divers string on their annual underwater tree.

It’s all part of a bigger picture that gives new meaning to the phrase “swimming with the fishes” here in the Valley.

“People who are divers, even if they don’t espouse it, I think they’re environmentalists,” says Nottage.

“And they’re certainly ambassadors.” In a metro area struggling with a lack of water, Las Vegans like me scratch our heads at the thought of just how many lakes, inlets and coves are nearby.

Not to mention the treasures and travesties concealed beneath the surface, including the B-29 Superfortress World War II bomber that crashed and sank in Lake Mead while on a top-secret mission.

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