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Reef Report for Saturday, June 29, 2002

Minke Whales Arrive on the Reef

It has been a very blowy throughout the week on the reef with 20-25 knots changing from blue sky and sunshine to overcast and showers. The winds make the ride to the reef bumpier than anyone would like, and everyone is grateful when the boats arrive in the calm waters immediately behind the reef.

Under the surface things are still great, with divers and snorkelers both seeing beautiful marine life and many schools of fish this week. Reef Magic moored behind the reef at Michaelmas Cay in a wind protected area, where passengers could go snorkelling and diving. A visit to the sand cay made it even more pleasant for the guests to have a closer look at the seabirds nesting on the cay.

Certified divers on board Passions of Paradise saw a huge school of baby barracuda along with lots of parrotfish. Introductory divers where lucky to come across three lionfish in 8 m of water, which where hanging around the mooring block a 1.5 m white tip reef shark.

Passengers on board Taka had the experience of a lifetime watching 4 curious minke whales as close as one meter from the mermaid line at Pixie reef. Divers spotted a Stonefish at Steveís Bommie and at the Temple of Doom there where sightings of Cuttlefish.

Guests on board Scubapro had the company of a Minke Whale on Monday, as they moved between dive sites. Divers spotted a few turtles and a White Tip Reef Shark on the night dive at Gordonís Mooring.

The forecast for this weekend is mainly fine with winds blowing SE 20-30 knots. The winds will make for a bumpy ride out to the reef, and reduce the visibility somewhat, but the diverse array of species on the reef will still be there for the adventurous diver or snorkeler.

(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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