Scuba Diving Santa Claus Submerges in Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary

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Florida Keys News Bureau

A scuba diving Santa Claus 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.

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.

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