Reef Report for Wednesday, December 5, 2001
Ideal Dive Conditions This Week. Get Out There!
It has been far too fine and delicious to sit in the office and just write about the reef. I cannot believe the conditions of late and I hope all readers are seriously considering getting out to the big blue soon.
So what has been happening? On board TAKA this week, Instructor Takahiro spotted a new fish at their dive site at North Horn called the Red-Eye Blenny.
It was 10 cm in length and was spied at 6 metres depth. The certified divers spotted a Ringed Pipefish with eggs under its belly near the same spot. The visibility has been around 20 metres. Water temperature has been 29 degrees; Warm indeed!
Passengers onboard Reef Magic this week had 20 metres visibility at Saxon reef. Snorkellers coped an eye full when 2 turtles swam with them for over 2 minutes. They were also treated to watching the antics of the ever-shy Garden Eels.
Skipper Dave from Scubapro phoned in this week with more reports of the 10-metre Whale Shark. It was spotted at Cathedral Mooring on Thetford reef. There were 4 very lucky divers who were diving the wall in the early morning and the Whale Shark casually cruised passed within 3 metres of touching distance. The deck watch was unable to get an OK sign from the excited diver as he broke the surface after the encounter. He was punching the air and woo-hooing his lungs out. Finally he realized the skipper was trying to see if he was OK and Ok’d back to him. I certainly can understand his excitement.
There have been a number of vessels doing night dives this week for coral spawning enthusiasts. I am yet to hear of what spawning has taken place, but you will know as soon as I do.
The weather people predict hot conditions to continue with east to northeast winds 10 to 15 knots creating a slight ripple. Inland folk may experience a shower or storm in the late evening.
Conditions are just too good to miss, so get out on the reef today!
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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