Coral reefs are the most biologically diverse ecosystem in the ocean. They support more than 25 percent of all marine life and even provide us with shoreline protection during oceanic storms.
But the Florida coral reefs that came into existence 10,000 years ago are in peril.
In order to promote the conservation of our coral reefs, the Lower Keys have designed an underwater music festival. This year marks the 38th annual show, and you won’t want to miss it!
Read on for more information on this event and how to do your part in conserving our marine life.
Florida Coral Reefs
The coral reefs have been around for thousands of years, but with the ocean warming and acidification, they’re barely hanging on. What many don’t know is that coral are living beings.
They are called polyps: small, colonial invertebrates that eat plankton. They are multicellular, they eat other organisms for food with their internal digestive system, we can see embryonic development, and they are motile—meaning they can move freely.
But in Florida, 98 percent of them have been lost.
And it is no easy feat to keep coral reefs alive and well. Depending on the species, they can only grow a half inch to seven inches in a year. And that is in healthy conditions.
Not only are coral reefs essential to the longevity of marine life, but our economy too. The Florida reef is estimated to be worth $8 billion, providing over 70,000 jobs to the state.
If you’re looking for a fun experience while also doing your part in helping our planet, the Underwater Music Festival in 2022 is the perfect choice!
The Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival
On July 9th, 2022, divers and snorkelers have the opportunity to explore the reefs while jamming to tunes. To learn more about the restoration efforts, join the welcome gathering on July 8th at Mote Marine Laboratory’s Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration on Summerland Key.
The day of the festival will allow participants swim among the tropical fish and colorful coral formations. Seeing these natural wonders in real life puts the perspective of marine life restoration into view.
If you’re wondering how a music festival can be underwater, it’s as simple as suspending speakers beneath boats! Local radio station US1 104.1 FM will set the tone by playing island favorites like Jimmy Buffet’s “Fins” and The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine.”
For an even more dynamic experience, spot the mermaids playing underwater musical instruments!
Bring your own boat or secure a spot on the Lower Keys dive operators rigs.
Under the Sea
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that you won’t want to miss! The Florida Keys have plenty of events to keep your lifestyle active and full of sunshine. The Underwater Music Festival is only the beginning!
If you’re interested in other events like this, keep up with our blog! We post updates on all the events and opportunities going on throughout the Keys.