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Reef Report for Wednesday, May 2, 2001

A Workday Escape into Blue Water

Last week, Crystal from Pro Dive skipped the office routine and explored the Great Barrier Reef aboard the Kalinda. Having not dived for a while, Crystal told us she was quickly reminded why The Great Barrier Reef is such a popular tourist attraction, and why diving is her favorite pastime. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises She saw a minimum of one shark every dive and there were loads of nudibranchs everywhere she looked! Divers had 15-20 metres visibility throughout the week. Her stories made me think seriously about calling in sick to work, that's for sure!

Certified divers from Passions of Paradise had 15 metres visibility at the Fish Market dive site. They saw some regal angelfish in eight metres of water and a few masked bannerfish displaying their beautiful flash of color. Introductory divers were treated to an encounter with a Spotted Unicornfish and schools of damselfish.

On board the Osprey, intro divers were thrilled with the sighting of three reef sharks and three turtles. A Giant Trevally was also cruising the waters. Norman and Saxon reefs have been having 15-20 metres visibility also. What a treat!

The Nimrod Explorer was having high times as well on the Ribbon Reefs. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises At the Temple of Doom, blue-lined snapper and yellow goatfish were being actively pursued by blue trevally. Two green turtles, blue and gold fusiliers, neon fusiliers and octopus, five species of anemone fish and two species of lionfish were all active and seen on this dive. A 1.5 metre Barracuda sat under the boat and eyed the divers who were at the safety stop. Some of the more observant divers reported seeing five species of nudibranch and a Stonefish.

What a delight for all who dove on the reef this week! When you dive on the reef, remember to take the time to look carefully for smaller life forms, many of which are truly amazing. Trust us, it is hard to miss the big things, even while glancing carefully into the reef. The weatherman tells us that winds will pick up and then drop off over the weekend, averaging 15 knots. There should be blue skies and smiles all the way!

(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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