FLORIDA KEYS (CBSMiami/FKNB) — A Florida Keys version of Santa Claus ditched the sleigh and instead took to the sea.READ MORE: Research Shows Significant Disparities For Black Women In Breast Cancer Detection & Treatment
Scuba diving Santa submerged 30 feet below the surface in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to deliver a bit of holiday cheer to marine inhabitants and to raise funds for a children’s charity.
It’s an annual Keys tradition for Santa Claus, played by Florida Keys dive shop operator Spencer Slate, who wears the jolly man’s attire each year.READ MORE: Florida's Most Popular Halloween Candy Is....?
But beyond the fun and entertainment for people and marine life, Slate’s dives have a serious purpose. He offers up underwater holiday photo opportunities with his dive shop customers to raise funds for a local children’s charity to purchase gifts during the holiday season.
Santa’s dive Friday afternoon took place on Davis Reef, situated in the sanctuary about five miles off Islamorada.
(©2014 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Florida Keys News Bureau contributed to this report.)MORE NEWS: Biltmore Hotel Massage Therapist Accused Of Inappropriately Touching Woman
[display-posts category=”local” wrapper=”ul” posts_per_page=”5″]