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Reef Report for Monday, December 24, 2001

Itís Holiday Time on the Reef

The weather has stayed kind to us over the last week, if not a little on the hot side. It seems a lot visitors and locals cooled down on the reef and took advantage of what their backyard has to offer.

Reef Magic visited Saxon reef during the reef and experienced 25 metres visibility. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises Certified divers spotted four white tip reef sharks and snorkellers had a number of encounters with turtles.

Guests on board Passions of Paradise also experienced warm calm sunny weather. Certified divers saw a White-tip Reef Shark in 8 m of water, while the introductory divers were surrounded by a group of friendly and curious batfish. They also saw red bass and lots of bright coloured damselfish.

With temperatures of 28 C in the water the reef is excellent place for New Yearís celebrations. Seas are calm, with glass out conditions, and very little current. Why not escape the heat and relax on the reef! The wind will continue to blow northwest to northeast winds over the weekend with chance of an afternoon shower both Saturday and Sunday.

(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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