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Reef Report for Wednesday, December 19, 2001

‘Tis the season to be diving, tra la la la …

Visibility was 25 metres all week at the Fish Market, Passion of Paradise’s favourite mooring. This fine visibility was complimented by warm calm sunny weather, all in time for the holiday season. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises Passions Diving Instructors this week decided to get into the spirit of Christmas by showing their introductory divers Christmas tree worms. These amazing marine creatures are found on hard boulder coral. They come in an array of bright colours such as blue, yellow and orange. Christmas tree worms resemble tiny little pine trees and quickly retreat into their burrows in the coral as soon as divers wave their hands in front of them.

Onboard Scubapro, Pro Dive Cairns passengers also had 15 to 25 metres visibility. Instructor Silvia commented on the amazing lightning show they had last Sunday night. She said the thunder that roared across the sky almost rocked her out of her bed.

Skipper Russ had to visit the back of the reef during the week as the winds had taken a turn and were blowing North Westerly, which meant a couple of Pro Dive's normal sites could not be accessed. The site they chose they nicknamed Coral Gardens II, as the whole ocean floor was covered in magnificent soft and hard corals.

Reef Magic visited Saxon Reef this week and also had exceptional visibility. Turtles were spotted by snorkellers and divers watched the garden eels. At Thetford Reefs certified divers saw lots of gorgonian fans, whip corals, coral trout and the dive guide saw a small Goby nestled in a Crinoid Sea Star.

The weather people predict a shower or two about with winds breezing light to moderate southeast.

(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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