Reef Report for Saturday, June 10, 2000
Clear Waters Showcase Creatures of the Sea
Whales, turtles, sharks, and nudibranchs--the list of fabulous ocean dwellers found here never ends! Scuba instructors Grant and Steph were guests on board TUSA this week and gave me a fabulous report from the reef, raving about the brilliant sunbaking opportunities, glassy water conditions, and a serious lack of swell.
Diving at Saxon Reef, they experienced 25 metres visibility.
In these pristine conditions they swam at length with a small and incredibly friendly green turtle. At least eight white tip reef sharks cruising the waters crossed their path, while an amazing number of fish took advantage of the slight ocean current that kept the food chain active.
On TUSA’s way back to land, Grant and Steph saw two adult humpback whales about six kilometres from the outermost channel markers. Breaching almost totally out of the water, one of the humpbacks had a significant mark on his dorsal fin—perhaps the result of an unfriendly encounter with another creature of the deep?
Trip director Dave aboard Taka had a number of incredible encounters while diving this past week. At Osprey Reef, divers experienced 40 metres visibility. During a shark feed, divers were thrilled by the sight of two gray hammerheads, a Scalloped Hammerhead, two silver tips, and about 25 gray whalers.
While diving at North Horn, a rare Ribbon Eel was spied twice. Taka operates extended trips out to Cod Hole and the Coral Sea, which both offer superb diving for those with a few extra days up their sleeve.
Conditions will continue to impress, with winds blowing lightly southeast to northeast at 10-15 knots.
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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