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Atlantis Dive Shop owner Spencer Slate places Easter eggs in the sand along the edge of the reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Key Largo ahead of his annual underwater Easter Egg Hunt. (Source: Florida Keys News Bureau)

Atlantis Dive Shop owner Spencer Slate places Easter eggs in the sand along the edge of the reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Key Largo ahead of his annual underwater Easter Egg Hunt. (Source: Florida Keys News Bureau)

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KEY LARGO (CBSMiami) – The Easter Bunny isn’t known for his ability to swim, but he has been spotted diving off the Florida Keys hiding brightly-colored Easter eggs in the coral.

In what has become a Florida Keys tradition, Atlantis Dive Shop owner Spencer Slate donned his larger-than-life bunny suit and dove to pre-position some of the eggs in the sand along the edge of the reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Key Largo on Monday.

He uses real hard-boiled eggs dyed with non-toxic colors to avoid damage to the delicate reef environment.

Local divers will participate in Sunday’s underwater hide-and-seek game and are awarded prizes including one for the finder of a “golden egg.”

The popular hunt serves as a fundraiser for Kids In Special Situations, a local organization that provides holiday gifts for needy children.

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