Divers, snorkelers converge for undersea 'concert'

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 divers 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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180-r-23-(Excerpt of "Under the Sea," being played through underwater speakers for divers and snorkelers, at the 30th annual Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival, in audio provided by the Florida Keys New Bureau)--Excerpt of "Under the Sea," being played through underwater speakers for divers and snorkelers, at the 30th annual Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival. (12 Jul 2014)

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183-a-07-(Bill Becker, organizer, 30th annual Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival, in interview, provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau)-"on their toes"-Bill Becker, an organizer of the 30th annual Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival, says they play mostly nautical-themed music. (12 Jul 2014)

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181-a-09-(Bill Becker, organizer, 30th annual Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival, in interview, provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau)-"underwater. Pretty amazing"-Bill Becker, an organizer of the 30th annual Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival, says the event is a lot of fun for divers and snorkelers. (12 Jul 2014)

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182-a-12-(Bill Becker, organizer, 30th annual Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival, in interview, provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau)-"generations to come"-Bill Becker, an organizer of the 30th annual Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival, says the event also has a serious theme. (12 Jul 2014)

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APPHOTO FLAN103: In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Mike Limerick pretends to play a mock musical instrument at the Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival on Saturday, July 12, 2014, in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The subsea concert at Looe Key Reef, about six miles south of Big Pine Key, Fla., attracted almost 500 divers and snorkelers to listen to a local radio station's four-hour broadcast piped beneath the sea via underwater speakers. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Bob Care) (12 Jul 2014)

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