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Reef Report for Tuesday, April 9, 2002

Winds Make the Ride out to the Reef Bumpy and Bouncy

Lumpy and bouncy is probably the best way to describe conditions out on the Great Barrier Reef during the week however this has not deterred the odd avid diver or two from getting their toes wet!

Due to the windy conditions over the past week Taka were unable to make it out to the Coral Sea, and instead stayed inside the Great Barrier Reef, where they were able to explore the famous Cod Hole and Ribbon Reefs. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises A group of divers hearts were sent racing whilst on a dive at Pixie Wall when a 3.5 metre Hammerhead shark swam right past them! Also sighted were Manta rays, huge Potato Cod and a few Green Turtles.

Calypso Reef Charters in Port Douglas were fortunate to have wonderful weather over the Easter weekend. Calypso visited Tongue, Opal, Chinamans and Agincourt Reefs, where the visibility varied between 12 to 20 meters. Pods of dolphins accompanied the boat on its trip out to the reef ensuring passengers were sent away with smiles from ear to ear. Certified divers and snorkelers saw turtles, sharks, lots of Maori Wrasse as well as the usual wonderful variety of colorful reef fish.

Conditions were also bumpy at Paradise reef where Passions of Paradise were moored. Introductory divers spotted black tipped reef sharks along with huge schools of coral trout and parrotfish.

This weekend should continue to see SE winds blowing 20 knots with a few scattered showers. Despite the wind, the fish are out to play so get out there and dive! (Just be prepared for a bumpy ride out and back.)

(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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