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Reef Report for Wednesday, December 12, 2001

Hot and Glassy Conditions Make for Great Diving.

Yes it has been hot. It has been unbelievably, ridiculously hot. What is the weather up too??? Penny from Passions reports that not only has it been hot on land, it has been hot on the reef. The visibility has been great, allowing divers to see the reef in all of its glory. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises Introductory divers this week saw a number of palette surgeonfish in 6 m of water, as well as a school of huge hump-headed parrotfish feeding on the hard coral. Certified divers were excited to see a White-tip Reef Shark resting on the seabed. Visibility was over 25 metres at most of their dive sites, with the water temperature 28C. The reef is definitely the place to be; seas are calm, with glass-out conditions, and very little current.

During the week TUSA Dive visited Tracey’s and Gordens Mooring on Flynn Reef. Divers spotted sea turtles, blue-spotted rays, white-tip reef sharks, garden eels, cleaner shrimp, coral trout and flowery cod. Snorkellers were thrilled with the antics of the many resident clown fish. Visibility was also 20 metres at these sites. Scubapro crew reported 15 to 20 metres visibility at most sites on Flynn and Milln reef also.

Light to moderate east to southeast winds will blow 15 to 20 knots. Conditions should remain sultry however there may be scattered showers in the evenings. Sunny weather is so great, but let's keep our fingers crossed and hope for (just a little bit) of rain soon as our gardens and forests surely need a drink.

(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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