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Reef Report for Wednesday, February 20, 2002

Lots to See, But Winds Hamper Visibility.

A little tedious it has been on the reef this week. Visibility has been low and the winds have been picking up to 20 knots during the nighttime. During the weekend showers will continue and the winds will breeze southeast to north eastly 10 to 15 knots.

Onboard TUSA dive this week there has been plenty of action on Briggs Reef. © Dive The Reef Sightings of an Octopus, cuttlefish, giant trevally, and plenty of turtles have all taken place. Open water divers onboard Pro Diveís Scubapro had a special treat this week. In 10 metres visibility at the end of their fourth dive at the back of Milln Reef, instructor Sylvia and her students were rounding to the top of a coral shelf when a Manta Ray cruised on over. Sylvia said she could see the disappointment in the studentís eyes as it quickly swam away only to bubble with delight as it turned around and came back for a second look at the divers. Only a meter separated the divers and the Manta; it was a close encounter for everyone.

Reef Magic also had many sightings of different underwater species. Out on Saxon reef the certified divers and snorkellers enjoyed 15 metres visibility, and all reported seeing turtles many times during the day. One diver said they were so close they could have eaten out of her hand. Dolphins were also seen on the return trip home. A magic day was had by all. Also during the week, Reef Magicís marine biologist found an Octopus on her snorkel tour. The cooperative animal then dazzled the tour group when demonstrated itsí ability to quickly change colour and textures.

(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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