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Reef Report for Thursday, March 7, 2002

Don’t You Hate it When They Sneak Up and Surprise You?

Last weekend I was lucky enough to jump onboard Pro Dive’s ‘Kalinda’ for one of her final voyages. After dusting the cobwebs off my dive gear I set sail for 3 glorious days of sea, sun (burn!) and sensational diving. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises I couldn’t have picked a better time to go diving as the ocean was like a sheet of glass. The first dive of the trip was at Milln Reef and I couldn’t wait to get wet! I jumped in with my buddy Brian and we headed for a large coral bommie to the back of the boat.

While investigating a small nudibranch resting on a piece of coral I got the fright of my life when a giant 2.5 metre shovel nosed ray came up from behind me and was just a half metre away when I turned around. It was HUGE! We followed it around for a few minutes before it swam off into the distance. On Flynn reef, I couldn’t believe how many different turtles we spotted and how placid they were. They were happy for us to follow them around whilst they fed on algae and let us sneak up really close for a quick photo or two.

Passengers onboard Tusa experienced up to 15 metres visibility on Briggs Reef earlier this week. Certified divers were thrilled to see 3 octopi dancing around a small bommie off the mooring blocks. The same divers couldn’t believe their luck when they came across a few lionfish on the same dive!

Reef Magic sent guests away with smiles from ear to ear throughout the week. Marine life was out in full force on both Saxon and Hastings Reefs, with passengers spotting moray eels, large schools of paddle tails, red bass, drummers and manta rays.

Though it has been a little bumpy throughout the week out on the water, things are looking to settle down over this weekend with SE winds dropping from 20 knots down to a gentle 10 - 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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