Underwater Music Festival kicks off in Fla. Keys

BIG PINE KEY, Fla. (AP) — It seems music sounds good underwater, too — even to the fish.

About 200 divers and snorkelers submerged Saturday to listen to a radio station’s subsea concert in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Music broadcast by WWUS was piped beneath the waves through waterproof speakers suspended under boats.

The Underwater Music Festival took place just south of Big Pine Key, along the continental United States’ only living coral barrier reef.

The broadcast’s playlist included Stones’ classics and ocean-themed tunes such as the Beatles’ “Octopus’s Garden” and Jimmy Buffett’s “Fins.”

One snorkeler said she thought the fish were enjoying the unaccustomed concert. As she described it, “There were about 100 angelfish and they were all going back and forth underwater with the music.”

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206-a-10-(Bill Becker, organizer, Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival, in interview provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau)-”coral reef awareness”-Bill Becker, the organizer of the Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival, says they’re playing out more than just music for the diving enthusiasts. (13 Jul 2013)

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207-a-13-(Cindy Mausser, snorkeler attending the Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival, in interview provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau)-”water. It’s amazing”-Cindy Mausser, who was snorkeling at the barrier reef, says she thinks some fish were also dancing to the music. (13 Jul 2013)

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205-a-13-(Bill Becker, organizer, Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival, in interview provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau)-”does in air”-Bill Becker, the organizer of the Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival, says the concert beneath the sea offers a different sound for divers. (13 Jul 2013)

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204-a-12-(Excerpt of the Rolling Stones song “Jumping Jack Flash,” being played underwater for divers at the Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival, provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau)–Excerpt of the Rolling Stones song “Jumping Jack Flash,” being played underwater for divers at the Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival. (13 Jul 2013)

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APPHOTO FLAN101: In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Mike Limerick, left, and Sarah Brunner pretend to play underwater instruments created by a local sculptor at the Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival Saturday, July 13, 2013, in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Big Pine Key, Fla. About 200 snorkelers and divers gathered to listen to a local radio station’s broadcast that was piped beneath the sea. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Bob Care) (13 Jul 2013)

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