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Reef Report for Wednesday, February 27, 2002

Manta Rays all over!

The seas were calm this week, but the visibility a little on the less than we’d like to see, a remnant of last week’s winds.

Conditions were calm at Petaj mooring this week with manta ray reports coming in thick and fast. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises Instructors Scott and Steve onboard Kalinda had a number of encounters with the gentle giants as they were taking their dive certification students through their underwater skills. A Manta Ray was also reported feeding at Norman reef by Ocean quest passengers. TUSA passengers saw a 2.5 metre Manta Ray at Thetford Reef. Onboard Scubapro Instructor Yvette had 10 to 12 metres visibility. Her open water students saw 2 turtles munching out on coral near the mooring blocks and an enormous Trigger Fish guarding its territory on a sandy patch near the feeding turtles. Close by two very friendly Giant Star Puffer Fish watched the proceedings guarded interest.

This week on Passions of Paradise certified divers saw a Honeycomb Moray Eel in 8 m of water. The Moray Eel was hiding in a coral ledge on the reef wall. They also saw blue-lined surgeon fish and lots of cute little clown fish The intro divers and snorkelers this week saw lots of Parrotfish and even a large Potato Cod. Visibility at the Fish Market dive site was 10 metres.

Reef Magic guests had the delightful acrobatic displays of local dolphins to keep them entertained as they headed to Saxon Reef. Visibility at Saxon was also 10 metres.

The forecast for the weekend is mainly fine with a brief shower over night. A thunderstorm may happen on Sunday night. The winds will blow southeast 10 to 15 knots

(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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