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Reef Report for Wednesday, May 16, 2001

A Glassy Week on the Reef

We basked in another delicious week of sunshine and calm seas on the reef this week. Itís been so flat, that I havenít heard scuba instructors rave so much in all my time in Cairns. Glassout! Onboard Osprey V, intro divers have been thrilled with Wally, the ever-impressionable Maori Wrasse. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises His curious nature means that first-time divers have been able to get face to face with the friendly giant.

At Fish Market, guests on board Passions of Paradise saw a school of chevron barracuda in about 10 metres of water. They were also lucky to see a colorful array of parrotfish. The introductory divers saw some giant clams along with lots of moon wrasse.

Down in Airlie Beach reef, dive boat operators Oceania and Pro Dive have had loads of reports of manta ray sightings. It is coming up to manta season, and Angela at Oceania says to keep your eyes open. In about a monthís time divers should see the winged giants of the sea increasing in numbers. It's always a special treat for the diver or snorkeler when a manta is sighted.

The weather people predict light winds to continue over the weekend. East to southeasterly winds with maybe a light afternoon shower may develop by the end of the weekend. There will still be plenty of sunshine to go around, so grab some if you can!

(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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