A pumpkin carved into the shape of a shark has narrowly beaten a piranha to win a Halloween-theme competition at Bristol Aquarium.

The pumpkin carving contest was part of the Harbourside attraction’s ‘Deeply Creepy’ October Half Term event which featured a petrifying programme of terrifying talks, frightening feeding demonstrations, weird workshops and tortuous trails.

Visitors were invited to bring marine-themed pumpkins in to be judged by the aquarium’s giant costume character Charlie the Clownfish with the overall victor winning a year’s family pass.

In the end Charlie whittled it down to two main contenders; the shark and the piranha and after much deliberation he opted for the oceans ultimate predator.

The winner is Elysia Benyon who was visiting the aquarium with her family and comes from Swansea.

Bristol Aquarium’s Tina Patel said: “This year was the first time we have organised a week-long Halloween-themed event here at the aquarium and we were really pleased with the positive feedback we got from visitors.

“In addition to all the talks, feeding demonstrations and displays we also had a ‘Mad Professor’s science lab and showed people how we prepare squid and other food for the fish.

“We weren’t expecting to be inundated with people’s pumpkin carving creations but we were surprised at the high standard of entries that we did receive.

“I know Charlie had a tough time choosing an overall winner but we definitely think he got it right in the end and Elysia’s shark really is a work or art,” she added.

Bristol Aquarium, Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5TT. Open 10am daily. Call 0117 929 8929 or visit for details.

Issued by Bristol Aquarium. For more information please contact Tina Patel or David Waines on 0117 934 0944.