Un­der­wa­ter mu­sic on Key

Townsville Bulletin - - CLASSIFIEDS -

HUN­DREDS of mu­si­clov­ing snorkellers and divers have ducked be­neath the waves as a ra­dio sta­tion broad­cast a con­cert un­der­wa­ter at the Florida Keys Na­tional Marine Sanc­tu­ary.

Such songs as the theme from The Lit­tle Mer­maid, The Bea­tles’ Yel­low Sub­ma­rine and Jimmy Buf­fett’s Fins en­ter­tained lis­ten­ers dur­ing the four- hour mu­sic ses­sion.

Some snorkellers pre­tended to jam un­der­wa­ter on mock gui­tars or play other fake in­stru­ments such as a whim­si­cal fish flute. Oth­ers wore cos­tumes de­pict­ing mer­maids and sea­horses as mu­sic sounded from wa­ter­proof speak­ers sus­pended be­neath boats.

“To be im­mersed in the sea and feel the mu­sic com­ing from un­der­neath in­stead of through head­phones – it’s very mag­i­cal and dis­tinct,” swim­mer Diana Nyad said. “You couldn’t hear it this well if you were in a con­cert sit­ting in the front row.”

In 2013, Nyad be­came the first per­son to swim from Cuba to Key West with­out a shark cage, singing to her­self as mo­ti­va­tion for the more than 160- kilo­me­tre swim.

One of the songs from Nyad’s sound­track, Me and Bobby McGee, was played in her hon­our on Satur­day.

The un­der­wa­ter fes­ti­val took place at Looe Key Reef, part of the US’ only liv­ing coral bar­rier reef, south of Big Pine Key.

“This is a way for peo­ple to re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the coral reef while at the same time lis­ten­ing to an en­vi­ron­men­tal mes­sage about coral pro­tec­tion,” ex­plained WWUS ra­dio sta­tion news di­rec­tor and fes­ti­val founder Bill Becker.

Pic­ture: AP

IM­PRO­VIS­ING: The Un­der­wa­ter Mu­sic Fes­ti­val at­tracts all man­ner of solo artists who love to flaunt their skills.

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