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Reef Report for Saturday, July 29, 2000

Humpbacks Spotted at Fitzroy Island

It was another exciting week on the Great Barrier Reef. Many humpback whales were sighted at several locations, including Fitzroy Island. Jim from Fitzroy Island Dive reported seeing the giant mammals on both sides of the island lolling in the calm waters inside the reef.

He also reported that divers were having a brilliant time in the recent pristine conditions, sighting manta rays at The Gap mooring and, on one rare occasion, a verylucky diver came face to face with a Bottlenose Dolphin. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises This beautiful creature ducked down to the hovering diver at l0 metres and poked its nose at the diverís mask!

The new Fitzroy Island Dive has now been successfully running for six months. An alternative to boat diving, the new dive center offers a variety of both educational and recreational scuba programs. The dive sites are available from shore and tender, an alternative to reef diving, and offer both the certified diver and novice exposure to large populations of a variety of fish species.

This is an exciting new operation that not only gets you diving, but acquaints you with beautiful Fitzroy Island. Visibility has again surpassed all expectations this week, and should continue over the weekend. Passions of Paradise experienced 25 metres at The Fish Market mooring and divers were treated to two inquisitive white tip reef sharks exploring the coral shelf only a few feet away.

Visibility has also been impressive on the northern reefs with 20-30 metres, although the good weather may be a little tainted this weekend as the moderate to fresh southeast winds will increase from 20 to 30 knots. There may also be a few isolated showers.

(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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