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BIG PINE KEY (CBSMiami/AP) — It’s not your typical concert. In fact, it’s underwater and you have to be diving or snorkeling to get to it.

Hundreds of divers went into the water in the Florida Keys  National Marine Sanctuary to enjoy a “concert” under the sea.

Those who can’t reach the “concert” underwater can hear it over the local radio.

Watch the report, click here.

Participants pretend to play mock musical instruments and enjoy the Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival Saturday, July 12, 2014, in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, at Looe Key Reef near Big Pine Key, Fla. From left are Nancy Barta, Samantha Langsdale and Fernando Barta. Almost 500 divers and snorkelers listened to a local radio station's four-hour broadcast piped beneath the sea via underwater speakers. (Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Participants pretend to play mock musical instruments and enjoy the Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival Saturday, July 12, 2014, in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, at Looe Key Reef near Big Pine Key, Fla. From left are Nancy Barta, Samantha Langsdale and Fernando Barta. Almost 500 divers and snorkelers listened to a local radio station’s four-hour broadcast piped beneath the sea via underwater speakers. (Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Saturday’s 30th annual Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival at Looe Key Reef features four hours of commercial-free music piped beneath the sea via a series of underwater speakers.

Samantha Langsdale, costumed as a mermaid, pretends to play a mock musical instrument at the Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival Saturday, July 12, 2014, in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The subsea concert at Looe Key Reef, about six miles south of Big Pine Key, Fla., attracted almost 500 divers and snorkelers to listen to a local radio station's four-hour broadcast piped beneath the sea via underwater speakers. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Bob Care)

Samantha Langsdale, costumed as a mermaid, pretends to play a mock musical instrument at the Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival Saturday, July 12, 2014, in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The subsea concert at Looe Key Reef, about six miles south of Big Pine Key, Fla., attracted almost 500 divers and snorkelers to listen to a local radio station’s four-hour broadcast piped beneath the sea via underwater speakers. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Bob Care)

Songs included the theme from the “Little Mermaid.” the Beatles’ “Octopus’s Garden,” and the theme from “Flipper.”

Participants described the music as clear and ethereal, with underwater visibility of about 50 feet. Some divers were costumed and pretended to play a local metal artist’s sculpted instruments.

The event also had a serious side. Between musical selections, public service announcements promoted coral reef protection.

Looe Key Reef is situated about six miles south of Big Pine Key.

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