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Reef Report for Saturday, April 29, 2000

Reefís Allure Not Dampened

I sometimes wish that I was in the lawn-cutting business as we continuously get hammered with this long and windy wet season. When Old Man Wind adds his two cents, you canít help feeling a little washed out.

What shouldn't be washed out is enthusiasm for the diversity of creatures to be discovered under the oceanís churning surface. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises The fish activity has been mad busy, as Passions of Paradise reported. Lots of good-sized coral trout have been spotted under rock ledges, including a football coral trout-- distinctive for its yellow, black, and white bands. Onboard Reef Quest, despite the rough and woolly conditions, certified divers were privy to 10 metres visibility on Norman Reef. There were a number of large coral trout, cod, Maori wrasse, white tip reef sharks, dog puffer fish, giant feeding turtles, and frisky parrotfish. At Sharon's Mooring, a vast colony of Ribbon Coral was home to more than 70 anemone fish frantically darting through a myriad of stinging tentacles.

The people at the weather shop predict steady cloudy conditions, with heavy rainfalls continuing through to next week. A gale force wind warning has been in effect over the last three days, which equals 30- 35 knots blowing, with 40-knot gusts. Local waters have certainly been extremely lumpy.

By the time youíve read this, Mother Nature will hopefully have proven all predictions wrong, the sun is shining, and it's a tidy 2 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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