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Florida divers, snorkelers submerge for reef music festival

Associated Press logo Associated Press 7/8/2017
In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Mariah Reynolds pretends to play a local artist's musical instrument sculpture Saturday, July 8, 2017, at the Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Big Pine Key, Fla. The event at Looe Key Reef attracted about 400 divers and snorkelers who got wet to listen to a Keys radio station's special four-hour broadcast with music as well as coral reef conservation announcements piped beneath the sea. (Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP) © The Associated Press In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Mariah Reynolds pretends to play a local artist's musical instrument sculpture Saturday, July 8, 2017, at the Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Big Pine Key, Fla. The event at Looe Key Reef attracted about 400 divers and snorkelers who got wet to listen to a Keys radio station's special four-hour broadcast with music as well as coral reef conservation announcements piped beneath the sea. (Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)

BIG PINE KEY, Fla. (AP) — About 400 divers and snorkelers have submerged in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary for a local radio station's broadcast beneath the sea advocating reef preservation.

In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, a yellowtail snapper swims by participants pretending to play a local artist's musical instrument sculptures at the Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival Saturday, July 8, 2017, in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Big Pine Key, Fla. The event at Looe Key Reef attracted about 400 divers and snorkelers who got wet to listen to a Keys radio station's special four-hour broadcast with music and coral reef conservation announcements piped beneath the sea. From left are Kama Cannon, Marsella Munoz and Madeline Schoepf. (/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP) © The Associated Press In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, a yellowtail snapper swims by participants pretending to play a local artist's musical instrument sculptures at the Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival Saturday, July 8, 2017, in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Big Pine Key, Fla. The event at Looe Key Reef attracted about 400 divers and snorkelers who got wet to listen to a Keys radio station's special four-hour broadcast with music and coral reef conservation announcements piped beneath the sea. From left are Kama Cannon, Marsella Munoz and Madeline Schoepf. (/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)

Saturday's Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival at Looe Key Reef, part of the world's third largest living coral barrier reef, featured four hours of music custom programmed by WWUS for subsea listening.

The aquatic-focused playlist included the theme from the "Little Mermaid," the Beatles' "Octopus's Garden" and even "Jaws," just to get participants' attention, according to event co-creator Bill Becker.

Music was transmitted via waterproof speakers hung from boats.

Several divers were costumed, including two mermaids and a Sponge Bob cartoon character. Others pretended to play a local artist's sculpted musical instruments.

The commercial-free broadcast included public service announcements promoting coral reef conservation.

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