Santa takes scuba diving break in Florida Keys

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Spencer Slate, dressed as a scuba-diving Santa Claus, eyes a green moray eel Tuesday, December 18, 2012, while submerged off Key Largo, Florida, in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Slate, owner of Key Largo’s Atlantis Dive Shop, for several years has submerged in the signature red-and-white jolly man’s attire to also offer up underwater photo opportunities during scuba and snorkel trips for his customers as a fundraiser for a local children’s charity.

During this year’s subsea excursion near the wreck of the City of Washington, Santa encountered several marine critters including a goliath grouper and green moray eel that seemed fascinated with the St. Nick.

The City of Washington, a two-masted sailing vessel used for passenger transport and cargo trade between New York, Cuba and Mexico, sank July 10, 1892, and is part of the historic Florida Keys Shipwreck Trail. (Photo by Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

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