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Reef Report for Thursday, April 18, 2002

Welcome Back Sunshine!

After nearly 2 weeks of much needed rain, it appears that the sun is lighting up the skies once more.

Conditions were favourable out at Paradise Reef, where Passions of Paradise was moored. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises Certified divers were lucky enough to spot a juvenile Dragon Wrasse in the weedy soft coral. One of the passengers onboard reported seeing a Honeycomb Moray Eel hanging out around a coral ledge up in the shallows.

Divers onboard Reef Magic were tickled when they came across moray eels, cuttlefish and turtles at Saxon reef.

Avid divers onboard Taka were fortunate to make it out to the Coral Sea last weekend despite the 25 – 30 knot winds. Whilst winds were ruffling feathers, passengers were enjoying up to 30+ metres visibility. The sharks were out and about at Osprey Reef, where 2 hammerheads and 2 oceanic silver tips were sighted. Love was in the water at Steve’s Bommie where mantis shrimp were breeding. While divers were watching the Cod feed at the Cod Hole they were treated when a couple of uninvited eagle rays soared past. I am assured that some spectacular footage was taken!

Thankfully things have calmed down a little out on the reef over the week giving many visitors queasy stomachs a well-earned rest! The weatherman is predicting clear skies with southeasterly winds blowing a gentle 12 - 15K.

(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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