LOOE KEY REEF, Fla. – Divers and snorkelers can promote reef protection and explore the continental United States’ only living coral barrier reef during a one-of-a-kind underwater concert.
The 38th annual Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival takes place Saturday at Looe Key Reef, an area of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary approximately 6 miles south of Big Pine Key.
Several hundred underwater enthusiasts from all over the world submerged in the ocean enjoy the melodies of music broadcast by a local radio station that is piped underwater through speakers suspended beneath boats above the reef.
The subsea concert, complete with costumed performers is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will entertain visits with a sea-focused playlist that typically includes humpback whale songs and tunes like the Beatles’ "Yellow Submarine" and Jimmy Buffett’s "Fins."
Diver awareness announcements are also made to emphasize ways to enjoy the reef while minimizing environmental impacts.
Looe Key was named after the H.M.S. Looe, a British frigate that sank there in 1744. The 5.3 nautical mile park is fully protected from spearfishing, fishing and shell collecting. It's also known as the most spectacular living reef in North America for its diverse population of corals and its colorful array of tropical fish.
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