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Scuba Diving Santa Brings Holiday Cheer To Keys

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Spencer Slate, garbed as Santa Claus, dives with yellowtail snapper and an angelfish Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Key Largo, Fla.  Slate, a Key Largo dive charter operator, has been donning the jolly man's outfit for years to take the plunge, but there is a serious side to his shenanigans. His customers frequently have the opportunity to have their photo taken with Santa for an extra fee and the revenue funds a local children's charity. (Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau)

Spencer Slate, garbed as Santa Claus, dives with yellowtail snapper and an angelfish Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Key Largo, Fla. Slate, a Key Largo dive charter operator, has been donning the jolly man’s outfit for years to take the plunge, but there is a serious side to his shenanigans. His customers frequently have the opportunity to have their photo taken with Santa for an extra fee and the revenue funds a local children’s charity. (Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau)

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KEY LARGO (CBSMiami) — Santa Claus doesn’t just travel by air, he also travels by sea, at least in the Florida Keys he does.

Santa, played by Keys dive shop operator Spencer Slate, took some time off from getting ready for his annual Christmas toy run to dive amid the marine life in Elbow Reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Click video below to see Santa swimming with the fishes.

The yellowtail snapper, angelfish and other Florida Keys inhabitants seemed to appreciate the visit from St. Nick.

Slate has been donning the jolly man’s outfit for years to take the plunge but there is a serious side to his shenanigans. Dive customers frequently have the opportunity to have their photo taken with Santa for an extra fee and the revenue goes to a local children’s charity to fund gifts during the holiday season.

Elbow Reef is situated about six miles off Key Largo. The site features the wreck of the City of Washington, a late 1800s military supply vessel that was converted into a coal barge and sunk off Key Largo in 1917.

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