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Reef Report for Sunday, June 3, 2001

Minke Whales Arrive on the Reef!

The weather was a little wooley during the week as the wind continued to ruffle a few feathers. The exciting news of the week is that the first minke whales were sighted out off Port Douglas. I am sure there will be many more as the minke whale season kicks into full gear. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises On Passions of Paradise the certified divers were treated to a spectacular dive. They saw a White Tip Reef Shark along with some blue-spotted lagoon rays. A couple of snorkellers were treated to dazzling beauty of 2 lionfish.

East to south east winds will continue to blow 20-25 knots over the weekend. The rain will lighten and the sun should show itself a little more.

In Rodale’s Scuba Diver magazine (April 2001) I read 2 interesting Q&A. Thought I would share them with you.

QUESTION: I pride myself on my air consumption, but on my last dive, my first in cold water, I couldn’t believe how quickly I used up my air. What happened?

ANSWER: You may have been cold, especially if you are used to diving in warmer waters. Make sure you wear enough thermal protection when diving in cold water. When you are warm, you use less air.

QUESTION: What are wetsuits black. From a visibility standpoint, shouldn’t divers wear wetsuits in bright colours? The dive shops I’ve been to seem to stock mostly black suits.

ANSWER: Wearing high visibility colours while diving makes you more visible to your dive buddy, your dive boat and other non-diving boaters. Unfortunately black gear seems to be more "popular" with retailers these days. Your dive store retailer should be able to order colours in for you. The reason they are not popular is not because of safety, just fashion.

(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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