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Reef Report for Thursday, July 25, 2002

Whales Again Steal the Show

The whales continue to delight crew and guests alike during the week. Scubapro II skipper Chris reported on 2 large humpback whales playing between Green Island and Fitzroy Island. Greg from Osprey 5 called in this week as well and reported 2 adult humpbacks and a calf putting on a magical display 3 miles north of Oyster Reef. All three were breaching, fin waving and tail slapping.

Reef Magic guests didnít see whales this week, but divers had a number of close encounters with white tip reef sharks and turtles. Visibility at Saxon Reef was 20 metres, and 15 to 20 metres in other areas. TAKA experienced 30-knot winds during their two trips to the Coral Sea and Ribbon Reefs, but the diving was still fantastic. The visibility was 25 to 30 metres at most places. There was some great sightings, including minke whales, manta rays, eagle rays and cuttlefish, mantis shrimp, snake eels, and even a Tawny Nurse Shark.

The wind is easing over the weekend and should drop to 10 knots by Sunday. That should flatten the seas and make for a much easer trip out to the reef.

Happy Diving!

(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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