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Reef Report for Wednesday, April 18, 2001

Rain Above, Fish Below

The cyclone up in the Northern Territory has stirred things up here in the tropical north, with winds ruffling more than a few feathers. While the cyclone is not forecast to visit the area, its impact will still be felt in terms of windy and rainy weather.

Despite the weather, there were lots of interesting sightings out on the reef. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises Passengers on board Tusa III experienced lots of fish action at Hastings Reef, with divers and snorkelers watching schools of baitfish were being chased down and consumed by large mackerel and trevally. A group of small cleaner shrimp were seen hard at work at Saxon reef grooming one of the resident turtles.

Passions of Paradise reported 15 metres visibility at the Fish Market with 20-25 knot winds. Certified divers saw a Titan Triggerfish in 5 metres of water as well as a group of spotted boxfish in 10 metres of water. Wide-eyed introductory divers were not disappointed on their first ever dive when they saw a several pairs of the unusual looking long-nosed butterfly fish along with a school of cheeky parrotfish!

Unfortunately, it does not look as though the weather conditions will improve over the weekend with current winds increasing from 20 knots to 25 knots. Blowing mainly southeasterly, the winds will push the clouds over Cairns, so a few spots can be expected by the end of the weekend.

(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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