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Reef Report for Thursday, July 18, 2002

Whales, whales and more whales!!!!!!!!!

TAKA passengers snorkelled with 4 minke whales for half an hour at Challenger Bay, where 2 potted eagle rays were also seen. That alone would be a passengers dream, but then as TAKA cruised home two 16-metre humpback whales followed the boat for an hour breaching and fin slapping! The visibility and weather conditions were perfect for the week.

Reef Magic divers also had a visit from a Minke Whale this time at Thetford reef. It cruised passed whilst divers were entering the site known as The Lagoon. Scubapro II Skipper, Chris, whilst on a pleasure dive at the Whale mooring on Milln reef was oogled by a 5 metre long Minke Whale. It passed by only 3 metres way and appeared to look at them the whole time. What a magical experience! Passengers also had the chance to snorkel with another two minkes whilst moored at this same site.

Up Port Douglas way Calypso passengers wonderful weather at the reef this week with calm seas and excellent visibility. Calypso passengers were treated to minke whales, pods of dolphins and a Humpback Whale, which was seen not far from Low Isles. She (he?) was a real show off and put on quite a performance for all the guests onboard! The passengers were ecstatic that they had seen whales, dolphins, sharks and turtles all in one day.

Tusa Dive, while moored at Gorgey’s, had 12 pilot whales swim past. Later that day, a 4-metre Manta Ray was spotted at Turtle Bommie. The day prior 2 adult humpbacks played 20 metres away from the boat for half an hour.

Visibility on most reefs has been around 20 to 30 metres and should sustain for the whole of the weekend. South East winds will blow around 20 knots. There really is no excuse not to get out there...take the family, take your friends and see the whales!

(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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