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Reef Report for Wednesday, April 25, 2001

Clowning Around With Clownfish

During the week Milln and Flynn Reefs had visibility between 10 and 15 metres. An introductory diver with the Scubpro got a thrill from an unprovoked attack by a Clownfish. The reefs' most famous species gave her a quick nip in the little finger as she was drifting by, quite unaware of his territory. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises Lucky for her his teeth were only itty-bitty. (Male clownfish grow to just two inches long, but during breeding season they think they are two feet long!)

At Paradise Reef, Passions of Paradise guests had 15 metres visibility. The certified divers saw some lionfish in 10 metres of water. There were lots of colourful schools of moon wrasse and bird wrasse, as well as the ever-friendly Batfish. The divers were also lucky to spot a Lagoon Ray on the sandy ocean bottom 12 metres down.

The Victorian baseball team paid a visit to Far North Queensland this week, and explored the Great Barrier Reef as guests on board the Osprey. The cheers came thick and fast as they came face to face, many of them for the first time, with our oceansí delights. The resident Maori Wrasse was particularly friendly the day they visited, and didnít leave the introductory divers alone for a second. I am sure the team left with a wonderful memory of not only the reef, but Cairns as well.

It looks like we will continue to be blessed with the suns' rays over the weekend, with perhaps just a few scattered showers overnight. The wind will pick up, and it is looking like it will blow from 20-25 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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