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KEY LARGO (CBSMiami/Florida Keys News Bureau) — Garbed as goofy Halloween characters, a group of scuba divers submerged 30 feet beneath the surface Wednesday to compete in an underwater costume contest in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Key Largo.

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(Source: Florida Keys News Bureau)

Entrants included a mermaid man, a penguin and movie favorites such as Batman, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and Star Wars storm troopers.

A hotdog and cheeseburger buddy pair dived with their ketchup and mustard condiments.

The contest’s host, Rainbow Reef Dive Center, is offering social media users a chance to vote for their favorite costumed diver on their Instagram page.

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(Source: Florida Keys News Bureau)

Top three vote getters will be announced Thursday and will be rewarded with prizes of dive equipment and dive trips.

PIX: Underwater Costume Contest

The Halloween contest was staged near a shallow reef about five miles off Key Largo.

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