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Reef Report for Saturday, January 15, 2000

Wet, Windy, Wonderful

Here’s what’s been happening under the surface this week. Instructor Chrissie aboard Kalinda reported 10-15 metres visibility at Flynn Reef. Despite cloudy conditions, guests were treated to three swimming and surfacing dugongs during Kalinda’s journey out to the reef. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises It still amazes me that our skippers consider 10-15 metres of visibility to be "cloudy conditions". We really do get spoiled here!

Skipper Ralph aboard Ocean Quest reported wet conditions. With big tides sweeping the reef, conditions were a little murkier than last week, although visibility was 10-12 metres at the southern end of Saxon Reef. Guests there were treated to circling schools of barracuda and feeding green turtles.

Passions of Paradise explored North Point Drift mooring and came across a free swimming remora looking for a host. Divers swam quickly away when it set its sights on them! The winds should continue to blow southeasterly 10-15 knots over the weekend. There will be a few showers and isolated thunderstorms. The outlook is for these conditions to continue into next week.

For those of you planning your visit to the Great Barrier Reef there are many ways to jump-start your enjoyment of the reef before you board the plane. For the virtual divers there’s the Internet, and for the more old fashioned there are books. There are literally thousands of insightful and informative books on the underwater world that range from factual, fictional, pictorial, and statistical. Books can be bought, exchanged, and borrowed from a number of venues. Books not only make great gifts--they open the mind and give your imagination a shot in the arm. Visit the library or bookstore and dive into the reef through the pages of a book.

(C) Pro Dive Cairns The weekly reef report is written by Sue-Anne Chapman of Pro Dive Cairns, who compiles them from the many conversations she has with divers, dive instructors, captains, and others in the Cairns dive community. The report is published weekly in the Cairn Post, the local daily paper and appears here thanks to the courtesy of Pro Dive Cairns.

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