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2016 Conch Shell Blowing Contest 01

Chris Anderson, right, competes in the Conch Shell Blowing Contest Saturday, March 5, 2016, in Key West, Fla. Anderson, of Trenton, Mich., was among a number of contestants who were judged on their ability to produce music or sounds from the fluted, pink-lined shell, a symbol of the Florida Keys, that has been used as a signaling device in the islands for centuries. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2016 Conch Shell Blowing Contest 02

Sara Cavendish, left, leads conch shell blowers during the Conch Shell Blowing Contest Saturday, March 5, 2016, in Key West, Fla. Cavendish of Washington, D.C., and her cohorts competed in the group division of the contest. Competitors were judged on their ability to produce music or sounds from the fluted, pink-lined shell, a symbol of the Florida Keys. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2016 Conch Shell Blowing Contest 03

Corey Fritz blows a huge shell during the Conch Shell Blowing Contest Saturday, March 5, 2016, in Key West, Fla. Fritz, a Summerland Key, Fla., musician won the men's division among entrants who were judged on the quality, duration, loudness and novelty of the sounds they produced. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2015 Conch Shell Blowing Contest 01

Eddie Webb, 64, blows a conch shell during the 53rd Conch Shell Blowing Contest Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Key West, Fla. Webb, a Key West tow truck driver, won the contest's men's division blowing long loud blasts and part of a classical melody. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2015 Conch Shell Blowing Contest 02

Oliver Stuardi blows a conch shell during the 53rd Conch Shell Blowing Contest Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Key West, Fla. Judges evaluated entrants ranging from 3-year-old Stuardi to seniors on the quality, duration, loudness and novelty of sounds they produced from fluted, pink-lined shells. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2015 Conch Shell Blowing Contest 03

Visitors from Ohio calling themselves the "The Infamous Ohio State Conch Marching Band," compete in the group division of the 53rd Conch Shell Blowing Contest Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Key West, Fla. Judges evaluated entrants in individual and group divisions on the quality, duration, loudness and novelty of sounds they produced from fluted, pink-lined shells. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2014 Conch Shell Blowing Contest 01

The Boca Chica Conchestra, portraying the musical group Village People, compete in the group division at the Conch Shell Blowing Contest in Key West, Fla. Contestants in the annual competition were evaluated on the quality, novelty, duration and loudness of sounds they produced. Conch shells have been used as signaling devices in the Florida Keys for more than 200 years. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2014 Conch Shell Blowing Contest 02

Michael Cox blows the same conch shell that his late father used to win the 1986 Conch Shell Blowing Contest in Key West, Fla. Cox, a 38-year-old Pueblo, Co., resident honored his father by winning the men's division of the 2014 competition Saturday. Contestants in the annual "conch honk" were evaluated on the quality, novelty, duration and loudness of sounds they produced. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2014 Conch Shell Blowing Contest 03

Three-year-old Frank Umlauf, right, blows a conch shell during the Conch Shell Blowing Contest in Key West, Fla. From left, is contest announcer Leigha Fox and Cindy Price-Umlauf, the boy's mother. The event attracted entrants from 3 to 77 years old who were evaluated on the quality, novelty, duration and loudness of sounds they produced. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2014 Conch Shell Blowing Contest 04

Renee Gallant blows a conch shell during the Conch Shell Blowing Contest in Key West, Fla. Entrants from 3 to 77 years old were evaluated on the quality, novelty, duration and loudness of sounds they produced. Conch shells have been used as signaling devices in the Florida Keys for more than 200 years. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2013 Conch Shell Blowing Contest 01

In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Bill Ochse, 76, blows a conch shell while holding his dog Riley after learning he had won the men's division of the 51st annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest in Key West, Fla. Ochse, a visitor from Ocean City, Md., and other contestants were judged on quality, novelty, duration and loudness of sounds they produced on the fluted, pink-lined shells. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Carol Tedesco)

2013 Conch Shell Blowing Contest 02

In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Taylor Nasser, 13, blows a conch shell while hula-hooping during the 51st annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest in Key West, Fla. Nasser, a Key West student, won the teen division of the contest whose contestants were judged on the quality, novelty, duration and loudness of sounds they produced on the fluted, pink-lined shells. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Carol Tedesco)

2013 Conch Shell Blowing Contest 03

In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, members of the Boca Chica Conchestra perfrom a conch-shell accompaniment and offbeat dance to a recording of Jimmy Buffett's "Margaritaville" during the 51st annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest in Key West, Fla. Judges evaluated contest entrants from children to seniors on the quality, novelty, duration and loudness of the sounds they produced on the fluted, pink-lined shells. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Carol Tedesco)

2012 Conch Shell Blowing Contest 01

Mary Lou Smith competes in the 50th Annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Key West, Fla. Smith and more than 50 other contestants were judged on quality, loudness, duration and novelty of the sounds they produced. Blowing conch shells has been a Key West tradition since the early 1800s, when seafaring settlers used it for signaling. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Carol Tedesco/Florida Keys News Bureau)

2012 Conch Shell Blowing Contest 02

Members of Boca Chica Conchestra compete in the group category of the 50th Annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Key West, Fla. Entrants from kids to seniors were judged on quality, loudness, duration and novelty of the sounds they produced. Blowing conch shells has been a Key West tradition since the early 1800s, when seafaring settlers used it for signaling. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Carol Tedesco/Florida Keys News Bureau)

2012 Conch Shell Blowing Contest 03

Clinton Curry, 38, blows two conch shells simultaneously during the 50th Annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Key West, Fla. Curry, a seventh-generation Key Wester who first blew a conch shell as a child, won top honors in the contest that attracted more than 50 entrants who were judged on quality, loudness, duration and novelty of the sounds they produced. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Carol Tedesco/Florida Keys News Bureau)