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Reef Report for Saturday, October 5, 2002

Diversity of Reef Life in Evidence This Week

The diving and snorkeling on the reef has been so good of late I felt I had to get out there and see it for myself. Three days on Scubapro II during the week was just what I needed. We visited Milln and Flynn Reefs and I must say we had some really relaxing and exciting dives. Flynn Reef provided us with exciting wall dives, swim throughs and easy cruising between the coral gardens. Milln Reef entertained us with dive sites such as "The Whale" and "Neville’s Bommie". Both are very large coral bommies filled with plenty of colourful soft and hard corals. We saw shaded batfish, plenty of angelfish, butterfly fish, Chinese footballer cod, clownfish, stingrays and titan rrigger fish, just to name a few species sighted.

The night dives provided us with sightings of a large boxfish and a hugh Hawksbill Turtle, which was easily 1 ½ metres across its back. Flynn Reef provided similar sightings with a the large school of bump-headed parrotfish as well.

We experienced winds averaging 10-18 knots with mainly clear sky’s while the water remained at a pleasant 25 degrees and 15-25 metres visibility. Although during the night dives it didn’t feel 25 degrees at all!

The weather forecasts looks like the SE to E winds will remain for the next few days with the winds between 15 -20 knots.

Sightings this week on Green Island was a Green Sea Turtle and out at King's Cross the certified divers spotted a White Tip Reef Shark resting on the bottom in 10m of water. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises The resident Moray Eel was seen at a cleaning station undergoing an extensive clean-up by a pair of cleaner wrasses. Visibility ranged between 5 to 10 m with the Water temperature at 25 degrees.

Last week’s calm weather gave customers on Poseidon the chance to visit some of the best sites up at the Agincourt Reefs, where visibility was over 20 metres and even 30 metres on some drift dives. Plenty of Green Turtles were seen, plus whaler sharks, white tip reef sharks, chevron barracuda, bump-headed parrotfish and a whole family of Maori wrasse. Highlight of the drift dive was a 50kg Yellow Fin Tuna checking out the certified divers.

Customers on board Reef Magic Cruises were visiting Saxon, Milln, Hastings and Thetford Reefs. Plenty of marine life was on show for everyone, particularly at Thetford, where divers sighted a Giant Trevally, a large Maori Wrasse and a Spangled Emperor.

Although the winds are up slightly for the weekend it is still a great time to go out diving or snorkelling. So as always safe diving!

(C) Pro Dive Cairns This weekly reef report was written by Steve Brady of Pro Dive Cairns, who compiles them from the dive trips he takes, as well as the many conversations he 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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