If you thought you spotted some mermaids last week in the Florida Keys, you weren’t just seeing things! On July 7, The Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce held their 39th annual Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival at Looe Key Reef. With some mermaid magic and catchy tunes, they aim to protect the very reef in which the event takes place!
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According to a post they shared on Facebook, the event invites folks to enjoy “live music, light bites, and beverages.” The highlight of the event, however, is taking a dive in the Looe Key Reef. Here, folks can enjoy the underwater band made up of mermaids – and it’s free!
Okay, so they aren’t actually mermaids, of course. They’re divers who have the skills needed to pretend as though they are playing instruments and singing under water. But it’s still magical nonetheless!
Boats above them are strategically located so that when they play music through their underwater speakers, those who are exploring the water below can hear it. That way, they’re able to enjoy the beauty of the reef all while experiencing a one-of-a-kind concert.
Putting together this event is no small feat. Luckily, they have help from places like the local radio station 104.1 US1 Radio – they were happy to provide the underwater-themed tunes which included songs like “Yellow Submarine” by the Beatles and “Fins” by Jimmy Buffett.
Plus, they included soundtracks from movies like “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “The Little Mermaid” – how fitting!
Several hundred divers and snorkelers made it to the event last week – not only did they have fun, but they also learned about ways to be more eco-conscious when diving as well as ways to protect the ecosystem of the reef.
“Photographers and videographers come from all over the world to film this festival… there’s nothing like it anywhere else!” their Facebook post reads. “It provides footage that is seen around the entire world, promoting our diving and snorkeling industry and sharing information about our delicate ocean environment in the Lower Keys.”
Dive in for a sneak peak at the underwater festivities in the video below.
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