BIG PINE KEY, Florida - July 14, 2012
About 300 snorkelers and divers have submerged to listen to a local radio station's music broadcast beneath the sea in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
The quirky Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival, at Looe Key Reef Saturday, featured four hours of commercial-free music especially programmed for the subsea listening experience.
The theme from the "Little Mermaid," the Beatles' "Octopus's Garden" and Jimmy Buffett's "Fins" were among songs played along with public service announcements that encouraged coral reef protection.
Participants described listening to music underwater as ethereal and said they could feel the sound within their bodies.
Some divers were costumed and pretended to play a metal artist's sculpted instruments.
The event was organized by Keys radio station WWUS and the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce.