Reef protection, eco-conscious diving encouraged at Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival – CBS Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – What better way to encourage reef protection and eco-responsible diving than to explore part of the living barrier reef while swinging towards an underwater concert?
Divers and snorkelers did just that on Saturday.
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Dubbed “The Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival” was held approximately 6 miles south of Big Pine Key in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
Organizers say the concert provided a “submerged soundtrack” for divers discovering the Keys’ diverse realm of tropical fish, coral formations and other marine life.
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Participants were treated to music played underwater from loudspeakers suspended under boats above the reef.
The organizers said: âThe music was interspersed with messages to educate divers on how to balance the enjoyment of the underwater world and minimize environmental impacts on the planet’s reefs, whose rich biodiversity has led them to be called the tropical forests of the sea. ”
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Festival attendees were entertained by divers dressed as mermaids or other sea creatures who pretended to play musical instruments.