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Reef Report for Thursday, October 25, 2001

The Sun Returns to the Reef

This week on the reef has seen the return of sunny conditions. Visibility on most reefs has averaged 15-20 meters, with winds blowing 10-15 knots. Amanda from Tusa Dive has reported high adventures on Hastings Reef as certified divers spotted colourful nudibranchs, flatworms, sweetlips, feather stars, giant trevally, turtles, Christmas tree worms and a partridge in a pear tree!

Saxon reef was the place to be during the week according to the resident marine biologist onboard Reef Magic, who took visitors on a ‘snorkel safari’. © Dive The Reef Participants were not to be disappointed when they observed a large Octopus camouflaging itself. A Manta Ray was also spotted swimming between 2 groups of divers, however when they all surfaced not one of them had seen it!

Introductory divers enjoyed the ‘Fish Market’ dive site where Passions of Paradise were moored, sighting a school of hump-headed parrotfish in10 meters viz. On the second dive at Upolu Cay they were lucky enough to glimpse a Green Sea turtle chilling out in 6 metres of water.

Osprey Reef was a little rocky and bumpy over the weekend, but that did not stop adventurous divers from having a ball. Visibility out at the Cod Hole and Coral Sea averaged anything between 15-25 meters; with divers spotting black-chested sand gobies & goby shrimp along with grey whalers, wobbegong sharks, juvenile reindeer wrasse, a Red-leaf Scorpion fish and a giant Moray Eel!

The water temperature went is up to 27 degrees Celsius (that's 81F for you yanks over there.). Guest and crew on all vessels are enjoying the warming conditions immensely. The weatherman is predicting fine conditions throughout the weekend with SE-NE winds blowing a gentle 10-15 knots. Go diving!

(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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