(NEWS 8) - Halloween is more than a month away but that's not stopping SeaWorld San Diego from getting the spooky season started.
The parks Halloween Spooktacular celebration features not-too-scary, ocean-centric exhibits, shows and characters, as well as Halloween animal ambassadors. The Spooktacular ambassadors are animals that if seen on an eerie night might startle you, but are actually quite nice.
The Eurasian eagle owl is a good example. With its large talons and ability to rotate its head 280 degrees, the owl can spot rodents and bugs (or little ones dressed up like them) with laser vision and swoop in for a meal. The owl that joined Angie Lee and Heather Myers on Morning Extra was calm and friendly and didn't even try to eat the rose tarantula a few feet away.
A legless lizard named Shakira also made an appearance. Shakira looks a lot like a snake and is every bit as scary, but she sets her self apart with her eyelids and hip bones (which is how she got her name).
Lastly, the African crested porcupine, the largest species of porcupine in the world, strutted its cool, jet black coat armed with pokey bristles for all to see. While it can't shoot the bristles like people commonly believe, it can stand them up to keep a predator off of its back.
Check out more animals just like these at the Spooktacular every Saturday and Sunday from now through October 29. Click here for more information.
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Vince Velasquez allowed two hits over seven innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 5-0 Sunday for a doubleheader split.
A man stole a brand-new luxury car out of a Kearny Mesa dealership's lot and led police on a lengthy chase down San Diego freeways on Sunday.
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Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding a man who died Saturday morning on a sidewalk in Old Town.
A suspected drunk driver was shot by sheriff's deputies after leading them on a pursuit across North County freeways Friday night, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.