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Reef Report for Wednesday, May 1, 2002

A Quick Weather Change Marks the Week.

Mother nature has turned a little violent over the last few days and it was interesting to observe how quickly the conditions changed. Although the blue skies turned to black and the calm glassy ocean turned to a very lumpy sea, divers still went out. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises (Fortunate for me, otherwise I would have anything to write about!)

Onboard TAKA this week divers had a number of fish sightings including: potato cod, seal-faced puffer fish, Moorish idol, black anemone fish and giant sweetlips. At Steve’s Bommie the big eye trevally were very active. One diver had a very close encounter with a Stone Fish, which are known for their effective camoflauge. Guests returned rosy faced from the sun and very happy.

On board Reef Magic this week the marine biologists tour was very popular. Visibility at Saxon and Norman was between 8 and 15 metres. There were also a number of reef sharks inhabiting the caves in the reef. Sea turtles were also a highlight of the snorkelers Great Barrier Reef experience.

TUSA Dive has been visiting a number of its 21 dive sites this week. Most sites visibility has been averaging between 10 and 15 metres.

Passions of Paradise divers this week were lucky enough to spot a Green Sea Turtle in 10 m of water. The introductory divers saw red-lipped parrotfish, bird wrasse and black-sided hawk fish. One pair of certified divers reported seeing a Napoleon Maori Wrasse. There was also a slight underwater current in certain areas of the dive site.

The weather people predict more scattered showers with south to south east winds to 20 to 30 knots. The trip out and back is going to be a little rough, but the fish would just love it if you came to visit!

(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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