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Reef Report for Wednesday, May 22, 2002

Definitely a week to go diving!

Another glorious week on the reef! Guests onboard TAKA dive have experienced sensational conditions up at the cod hole and Coral Sea. Visibility has been around 30 metres along the Ribbon reefs and 50 metres at Osprey Reef. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises There were four Manta Ray sightings as well as hawksbill turtles at two 3.5 metres hammerhead sharks; thatís a lot of big fish and reptiles! The cod feed was very exciting this week with an Eagle Ray seen gliding past and a giant Moray Eel spotted nearby as well. On the journey back to Cairns 30 spinner dolphins (including two young) frolicked in the bow waves near Agincourt Reef.

Reef Magic had superb underwater visibility of 20 metres at Saxon reef this week. The fish life was fantastic, as were the turtles, where were both abundant and very active.

At Paradise Reef, Passions of Paradise certified divers saw a school of bridled parrotfish as well as groups of fire dartfish. Introductory divers were lucky enough to spot a Blacktip Reef Shark resting on the ocean bottom in 10 meters of water. Snorkellers didnít miss out either, with visibility so clear they were able to see all that the reef had to offer, with bright schools of moon wrasse and lots of damsel fish. Visibility was a sensational 25 metres and no chop to speak of.

Onboard Scubapro II Skipper Heinz commented on the near perfect conditions. The winds were less than 5 knots, with 15 to 20 metres visibility at the Swimming Pools mooring on Milln reef. There were many turtles coming to the surface for air right next to the boat.

Conditions will remain lovely for the weekend with east to southeast winds blowing only 10 - 15 knots. Definitely a weekend for 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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