Divers, snorkelers converge for undersea ‘concert’

In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, participants Nancy Barta, left, Samantha Langsdale center, and Fernando Barta pretend to play mock musical instruments and enjoy the Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival on Saturday, July 12, 2014, in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, at Looe Key Reef near Big Pine Key, Fla. Nearly 500 divers and snorkelers listened to a local radio station's four-hour broadcast piped beneath the sea via underwater speakers. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Bob Care)

BIG PINE KEY, Fla. (AP) — You could call it “water music,” although it’s not exactly what George Frideric Handel had in mind.

Nearly 500 divers and snorkelers submerged themselves in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary on Saturday for an underwater broadcast by a local radio station.

The 30th annual Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival featured four hours of commercial-free music piped below the surface via underwater speakers.

The water-themed playlist included such tunes as the Beatles’ “Octopus’s Garden” and the themes from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” and television’s classic “Flipper.” Some Mike Limerickdivers were costumed and pretended to play quirky metal instruments sculpted by Florida Keys artist August Powers.

The event was staged by radio station WWUS in partnership with the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce.


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