Reef Report for Wednesday, November 8, 2000
Supercat! The Perfect Reef Adventure
Have I got the ultimate diving and snorkeling option for you! This weekend I decided enough was enough. It was time to dust the cobwebs off my wetsuit, de-mould the mask, and get wet. I hadn’t been diving for ages, and due to land commitments, was getting a little toey for the opportunity to blow some bubbles.
I didn’t have the luxury of having a full day off to go diving, so I hunted around for a reef trip that let me do my chores in the morning, and get me wet in the avro. I didn’t have to look far when I came across Down Under Dives’ new fabulous half-day adventure onboard MV Supercat.
With a relaxed noon departure and speedy arrival to the reef, I was in the water in no time. Blessed with brilliant sunshine and 15 metres visibility on the southern end of Hastings Reef, my dive buddy Dean and I encountered many wonderful creatures. My favorites were two tiny black flat worms that were engaged in quite a feisty, and fascinating, mating ritual. We also came across a gorgeous magenta Nudibranch with his brilliant blue and yellow mate, who carried on their ritual in a far more civil manner next to a giant boulder coral.
After the dive we enjoyed a leisurely snorkel.
Not long into the snorkel we found ourselves surrounded by a large school of bump headed parrotfish. These large fish were very busy feasting on the coral and didn’t even seem to notice us floating just above them. It was fascinating to hear the scraping noises their beak-like teeth made as they ate. Feeding among the bump heads was a Triton Triggerfish. As they are not quite into the nesting season yet, I wasn’t too concerned about being close to one. As we know, these fish become extremely territorial when nesting time occurs. We also had an extremely close encounter with a large Green Turtle that was cruising the shallows. He allowed us to snorkel on either side of him for 15 minutes before he ducked down for a feed.
It was a magical day. Supercat’s half-day dive trip is great for busy folk like me, or for the lazies who want to sleep in before venturing on a reef experience. It is a great diving option for locals and visitors alike.
Daytime conditions should remain fine over the weekend, though night storms are again predicted. Winds between 10–15 knots will blow southeast to northeast and visibility should continue at 10-15 knots at most reefs. Dive boat Passions of Paradise had excellent visibility at Nursery Bommie with 25 metres.
Instructor Chrissy came to me during the week with a rather interesting piece of prose, which was presented to her by four of her students last week. They had just completed their first five-day dive course and had this to say:
T’was Chrissy Mackay the surfie chick
Who taught these blokes to dive
She suffered in the pool and class
She wasn’t sure if she’d survive
She told them what they had to do
To ensure a pass or fail
She tried until her face went blue
Sometimes to no avail
So when she had a gut full
Like a stockman mustering beef
She rounded them up, threw ‘em in a boat
And took them to the reef
In three short days of wrestling and wrangling
Tank slapping and slipping her fivers
She got the lads to hold their heads high
They became open water certified divers
So drink up mates and have a few laughs
And who cares if we get a bit pissy
‘Cos if you’re stuffed up, you better shut up
And go buy a cowboy for Chrissy
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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