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Reef Report for Wednesday, October 10, 2001

Great Visibility Reveals Reef Treasures

Sunshine and zero wind this week, havenít we been lucky! It will be a little lumpier over the weekend but none the less, the sun will continue to bless us with its rays. The wind will blow southeast 10 to 15 knots, a little fresh at times. © Dive The Reef

Visibility during the week has exceeded all expectations. Heinz, the skipper on Scubapro, reported 25 to 30 meters visibility on the eastern reefs: Milln and Flynn. There were large numbers of cuttlefish, and the night divers encountered a large male Epaulette Shark hiding under a coral shelf.

On TAKA this week conditions were beautiful, sunny and calm. Divers were very lucky to see two turtles mating at Challenger Bay. Spinner Dolphins played in the bow waves as the boat cruised between dive sites, and at Osprey Reef a baby Hammerhead Shark was spotted, along with a large Manta Ray. What a dive!

Reef Magic passengers have also had a great week of sightings, including turtles at Thetford reef and dolphins at Saxon reef. Both sites had around 22 meters visibility.

Passions of Paradise passengers had sensational diving conditions again this week at Paradise Reef. Certified divers discovered a Honeycomb Moray Eel hiding out in crevasse in the reef wall at 10m. Introductory divers saw a Napoleon Maori wrasse in 6 m of water. They also saw some Longnosed Butterfly fish, along with a large school of yellowtail fusiliers. Diving in such amazing visibility allows divers to discover some of the marine animals that are usually hard to spot.

And on Tusa dive at Briggs Reef divers and snorkellers spotted green turtles, yellow tail fusiliers, banded coral shrimps and small female Epaulette Reef Shark. The water temperature must be just right for them at the moment.

(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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