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SHARK EMBRACE | Not to be outdone by scuba-diving Santas other regions, this Santa (or aquarium staff member) embraces a Zebra shark as he swims inside the Sunshine International Aquarium in Tokyo on Dec. 11, 2013.
SHARK EMBRACE | Not to be outdone by scuba-diving Santas other regions, this Santa (or aquarium staff member) embraces a Zebra shark as he swims inside the Sunshine International Aquarium in Tokyo on Dec. 11, 2013. (Shizuo Kambayashi/AP)
SHARK EMBRACE | Not to be outdone by scuba-diving Santas other regions, this Santa (or aquarium staff member) embraces a Zebra shark as he swims inside the Sunshine International Aquarium in Tokyo on Dec. 11, 2013.
SHARK EMBRACE | Not to be outdone by scuba-diving Santas other regions, this Santa (or aquarium staff member) embraces a Zebra shark as he swims inside the Sunshine International Aquarium in Tokyo on Dec. 11, 2013. (Shizuo Kambayashi/AP)
SANTA-TUDE | Larry Daniels joins over a dozen Santa Clauses as they ride their motorcycles to meet with and hand out stuffed animals to children in York, Pa., on Dec. 7, 2013.
SANTA-TUDE | Larry Daniels joins over a dozen Santa Clauses as they ride their motorcycles to meet with and hand out stuffed animals to children in York, Pa., on Dec. 7, 2013. (Jason Plotkin, York Daily Record/AP)

Whether it's hugging sharks in Japan, scuba diving in South Korea, or ditching the sleigh for mean ride in York, Pa., — unusual Santa sightings have been picking up across the world. Here's a gallery of some of the odder ways photographers have captured Santa across the globe.

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