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Reef Report for Thursday, June 20, 2002

Winds mar the Surface, but not the Diving

It has been an odd week of sunshine and clouds this week and looks like the weather gods will keep us guessing over the weekend. On the reef the sightings have been spectacular. Guests on board TAKA this week spied four Minke Whales at Lighthouse Bommie. There were also cuttlefish, hawksbill turtles and an Olive Sea Snake. Visibility was around 35 metres. Manta rays were spotted at North Horn (Osprey Reef) as well as a Dogtooth Tuna, cruising for lunch over the coral. Reef Magic had 25 metres visibility at Hastings reef this week with the ever friend Maori Wrasse entertaining the introductory divers.

Work Place Health and Safety guru Chris Coxon recently tried out the new “Sea Walker” on Sunlover Cruises. This new platform helmet diving is exclusive to Sunlover and is a fabulous option for people who are non-swimmers or have little mobility. Wearing boots and a wetsuit Chris donned the weighted helmet and walked down the slanted platform to enter the underwater world. The concept is similar to wearing a bucket on your head which has a window cut into it. A hose connected to the helmet supplies the air from onboard the boat. Air bubbles escape through a hole in the back of the helmet. To equalize Chris explained it was very easy. He just need to slide his hand up under the helmet and pinch his nose using his fingers like scissors. He said the experience allowed a very close encounter with the fish and marine life. It looks to be another great way to experience our fabulous Great Barrier Reef.

Fresh south-to-south east winds will blow over the weekend. There will also be isolated showers and a strong wind warning of 20 to 30 knots.

(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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