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Reef Report for Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Yongala survives Cyclone Yasi

We received this from the folks at Adrenalin Dive, who lead 5 dive trips to the wreck each week.

Since a cyclone sank the Yongala in 1911 (100 years ago) she has survived a

number of cyclones. Since the sinking of the Yongala many cyclones that have

passed over or close to the site of the Yongala Wreck.

Although 16 metres below the surface and 30 metres to the bottom, during

cyclone Yasi the surge from the surface conditions was significant.

As happened 21 years ago, in cyclones Joy and Ivor, large patches of the soft

and hard corals on the top side of the hull have been stripped away exposing

the steel of the ship.

This has exposed many of the previously unseen features. Hinge openings on

the side of the ship, the rows of rivets, port holes and some of the letters of the

"Yongala" name are now visible, adding to the interest of the dive.

Amazingly a large anemone and its resident skunk/pink anemone fish are

still where they were before the cyclone.

It is incredible to imagine the power of the surge evident by the buckling of

some of the hull plating. In other areas no apparent effects are evident,

showing the resilience of the marine animals and plants of the environment.

The diversity of large marine life including giant trevally, groupers, rays,

turtles and many reef species have not left.

As we remember 100 years of the Yongala on the sea bed this March 23rd we

would like to express that the Yongala Wreck is still one of the best wreck

dives in the world.

Why not come and see for yourself?

1-day trips to the Yongala Wreck

3-day/2-night trips to the Yongala Wreck

4-day/3-night trips to the Yongala Wreck

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