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Reef Report for Wednesday, June 12, 2002

Winds Stir up the Surface.

Itís been great weather this week for the kitesurfers, but not so hot for the divers. The winds have made the seas quite lumpy and the ginger tablets have been in hot demand.

Onboard Calypso Reef Charters this week the winds had also come up, however the passengers have had a great time at the reef. There were a lot of turtles about and generally the visibility has been good.

Reef Magic guests have also had rough weather but the turtles have been keeping everybody happy. On Saxon reef they had a Manta Ray sighting. It stayed long enough for the certified divers to enjoy its great size and incredible agility.

TAKA dive passengers this week had a huge thrill as they sighted a minke whale at Steveís Bommie. For two and a half hours the customers watched the whale whilst holding on to a 50-metre long mermaid line. Visibility has been down due to the weather. This is uniform across all areas of the reef. At North Horn divers encountered a rather large oceanic silver tip, 4 eagle rays and two cuttlefish. At Steveís bommie the resident stonefish raised its ugly head right on schedule. Temple of Doom was the hot spot for sightings this week. A pod of dolphins, a huge Olive Sea Snake and a Hawksbill Turtle were all spotted there.

On the southern reefs Scubapro II passengers had encounters with two minke whales off the back of Flynn reef. They were spotted cruising towards Coral Gardens. There were also loads of turtles at every turn eating the coral and the biggest Triggerfish Instructor Damien has ever seen in his life. Without a lie, it was a metre long and busy feasting on the coral with one of the many turtles close by.

The wind will continue to blow 15 to 20 knots over the weekend east to southeast.

(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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