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BIG PINE KEY, Fla. (AP) - Several hundred divers and snorkelers have submerged in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary for a "concert" beneath the sea broadcast by a local radio station.

Saturday's 30th annual Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival at Looe Key Reef features four hours of commercial-free music piped beneath the sea via a series of underwater speakers.

Songs included the theme from the "Little Mermaid." the Beatles' "Octopus's Garden," and the theme from "Flipper."

Participants described the music as clear and ethereal, with underwater visibility of about 50 feet. Some divers were costumed and pretended to play a local metal artist's sculpted instruments.

The event also had a serious side. Between musical selections, public service announcements promoted coral reef protection.

Looe Key Reef is situated about six miles south of Big Pine Key.

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