Apex, Raleigh men win unique carving contest

KEY LARGO, Fla. Well this should bring you down a notch.

Divers submerged in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to carve jack-o-lanterns during an Underwater Pumpkin Carving contest Thursday.

Organized by the Amoray Dive Resort, divers worked against the submerged pumpkins' natural buoyancy, the artistic divers strapped on dive knives and descended to pare frightening facial features 25 feet beneath the sea's surface.

Two divers on separate vacations from North Carolina tied for top honors Thursday. Glenn Horton of Apex won for his shark-mouthed pumpkin panache. Ben Haga of Raleigh knifed his orange-skinned win with a knockout punch. Each first-place winner earned a free dive trip.

"To carve a pumpkin underwater doesn't take much," said Beth Reedy, an Amoray dive instructor and contest organizer. "All you need is a dive knife and some creativity."

Even finned spectators came in close to see the knife-wielding action, hanging around for any bits of 'food' that floated off.

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