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Reef Report for Friday, February 14, 2003

Showers Fail to Dampen Spirits on the Reef

Despite the odd shower or two throughout the week, conditions on the Great Barrier Reef have been really good. The humidity that the far north is well known for can definitely be felt at the moment!


Earlier in the week passengers onboard Reef Magic Cruises visited Thetford Reef where they experienced up to 20 metres visibility. © Pro Dive Cairns Introductory divers were accompanied by a friendly Green Turtle, who was happy to show them around on their first-ever dive.

A few of the local Nautilus Club members enjoyed the warm, clear waters around Michaelmas Cay over the weekend. The trio found a deep bommie just north of the Cay, where conditions weren’t bad at all with 10 knot winds and up to 15 metres visibility. They came across an enormous Queensland Grouper, a Moray Eel lurking about and plenty of little clownfish weaving in and out of their anemones. On the way home these lucky divers spotted a bottlenosed Dolphin off the side of the boat.

Northern Reefs/Coral Sea

Further north, passengers onboard Taka II have had patchy weather -- one minute sunshine and next grey skies. Winds have been blowing a gentle 0 – 10 knots, lulling divers into the water. Visibility has been between 15 - 25 metres along the Ribbon Reefs and up to 40 metres visibility at Osprey reef on the Coral Sea. On a dive at Pixie’s Pinnacle, located between Ribbon reef #9 & 10, divers observed a family of lionfish.

Taka does a shark feed on the trip, at North Horn on Osprey Reef. Divers sit and watch as the staff coax sharks into the area with tuna heads. Usually they have quite a few white and black tip reef sharks visit. This week they had two large silver tips come in to feed. The two sharks fought over the tuna head for around 5 minutes, with the larger of the sharks coming out the winner..

Steve’s Bommie, located at Ribbon reef #3, was the highlight of the trip; divers saw plenty of different types of nudibranchs, the odd lionfish and even a few manta rays on the night dive.

The weather is looking as though it may get a little rocky and bumpy over the weekend. The weather people are predicting south-east winds 15 - 20 knots with scattered showers. Safe diving!!

(C) Pro Dive Cairns This weekly reef report was written by Steve Brady of Pro Dive Cairns, who compiles them from the dive trips he takes, as well as the many conversations he 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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