Underwater Egg Hunt Sends Floridians Diving

By: CBS News & Florida Keys News Service
By: CBS News & Florida Keys News Service

Easter eggs are normally hidden under bushes and inside flowerbeds.

But in the Florida Keys, the hiding places are sometimes surrounded by swaying sea fans and "guarded" by schools of colorful fish, permanent residents in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

And at least one dive shop has a scuba-diving Easter bunny hide hard-boiled eggs for divers to find.

On Thursday, Wayne Doneleson, a dive instructor trainee with the Florida Keys Dive Center, donned the bunny costume to hide eggs at a dive spot called Snapper Ledge, several miles off Key Largo in 25 feet of water. Divers searched for the eggs and turned them in for prizes.

The Dive Center donated a portion of profits from the dive charter and hunt to the Florida Keys Children's Shelter.

Hard-boiled eggs are used, in lieu of plastic, so they naturally biodegrade in the event they are not found by divers.

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