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Reef Report for Thursday, May 16, 2002

Murphy’s Law Strikes the Deskbound.

Yes, just my luck, …now the good weather comes! It was a reported 4 knots on Milln Reef on Thursday and I am stuck in the office again! Guest and crew alike have again been raving about the perfect conditions. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises Fitzroy Island even had 12 metres visibility.

Reef Magic had 20 metres visibility at Moore Reef. Certified divers visited two different walls with spectacular drop offs. Turtles were everywhere and every diver and snorkeller on board had an encounter with one. An unusual sighting during the week was a highly active Moray Eel which came out to play, despite that it was in the middle of the day. Great stuff!

Passengers on board TAKA also had a spectacular week. Visibility in the Coral Sea at Osprey Reef was up to 35 metres and 25 along the Northern reefs. Oceanic silver tip sharks were spotted but the hammerheads, which were so common in the last month near North Horn Reef, seem to have moved on. The water temperature was up to a toasty 27 degrees again. At the Cod Hole, 4 eagle rays were sited and a massive school of chevron barracuda kept the olive sea snakes company at Steve’s Bommie.

Calypso form Port Douglas has also been blessed with beautiful weather. Their days on the reef this week have been absolutely perfect and snorkellers and divers have swum with reef sharks and turtles as well as spotted several large moray eels. Guests were also treated to a pod of dolphins swimming close to the boat on the journey to the reef. This is always a thrill.

The weather people predict southeast winds to 10 knots. Sensational conditions; quit your job and go diving!

(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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