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Reef Report for Thursday, July 4, 2002

The sun has come out to play once again. Hooray!

The weather people predict that the winds will blow south to south east 10 – 15 knots over the weekend, which will be a lot nicer than the 30 knots we had last week!

On Taka this week visibility at the Cod Hole was down to 30 metres. However the fish life was still abundant. A school of 300 Bumpheaded Parrot Fish were seen at Coral Gardens. 6 Minke Whales were spotted at Pixie Wall. The group onboard watched the frolicking from the top deck.

At Steve’s Bommie the group actually got the chance to snorkel with the gentle giants and on the night dive at Magoos Mooring they saw cuttlefish, squid and octopus.

Reef Magic passengers spotted a lot of turtles during the week. Despite visibility being down, certified divers still had great dives enjoying the turtles and reef sharks.

Calypso from Port Douglas has had enjoyable trips to the outer Barrier Reef with good visibility and a variety of fish, turtles and sharks. With favorable low tides during the middle of the day snorkellers and divers have had a wonderful reef experience. A group of pilot whales were spotted during the week, a thrilling sight for the passengers.

Passions of Paradise certified divers were lucky enough this week to be treated to a rare sighting of a Manta Ray. Introductory divers spotted lots of longfin batfish as well as a pair of beautiful blue angelfish. One pair of divers saw a Bluespotted Lagoon Ray in 8 m of water, so lots of activities under water this week.

Visibility at Paradise Reef has been between 15 and 20 meters, with a moderate surface chop. Water temp is slowly cooling but is still a nice and pleasant 25 degrees.

(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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