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Reef Report for Wednesday, April 11, 2001

Deep Blue Diving

Thankfully, the marine life out in the deep blue has seemingly been uneffected by the recent erratic weather conditions we have been experiencing onshore lately.

Passions of Paradise reported 15 metres visibility at the Fish Market, where wide-eyed introductory divers saw a Yellow Boxfish and schools of parrotfish in the 5 metre shallows. © Great Barier Reef Enterprises Certified divers saw a couple of trumpetfish in 8 metres of water, along with a lazy White-tipped Reef Shark lying on the bottom of the ocean floor at around 15 metres.

There was plenty of action at Milln reef this week, where Brad from Cairns Dive Centre spotted a large Bull Ray, some flowery cod, and even a couple of white-tip reef sharks cruising around. Passengers on board Coral Reeftel were fortunate enough to spy a Manta Ray breaching at Moore reef.

Divers onboard Nimrod Explorer were spoiled on the Ribbon reefs with 20-25 metres vizibility. There was plenty of shark action with 9 white tip reef sharks and two grey whalers being seen at Cod Hole. Avid divers watched two white tips feeding on an ill-fated surgeon fish, followed by a huge Loggerhead Turtle, who seemed quite unperturbed by his admirers at Kerry’s mooring.

What does the weather have in store for us this weekend? It is predicted that the rain periods will fade over the weekend. Winds will be a little fresh and blowing southeast at 20 to 30 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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