Reef Report for Friday, July 4, 2003
Calm Weather, Great Visibility Make for a Week of Reef Highlights
We certainly enjoyed some great weather last weekend with hardly any winds and plenty of sunshine. With such great visibility plenty of sightings were made, especially of minke whales. Reports on their movements are literally coming in from all reef operators.
Coral Sea/Northern Reefs: Guests onboard Diversity were taken to a rarely visited reef, called Shark Reef.
Located 9 nautical miles south of Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea, Shark Reef starts in approximately 12 metres of water and is only able to be dived in very calm conditions due to vessels being more exposed in these conditions, as there is not much protection being provided from the reef. Sightings ranged from a 3.5m Silvertip shark and an equally large hammerhead shark with large schools of dogtooth tuna, potato cod, hundreds of chevron barracuda and a number of clown triggerfish.
Similar sightings were had by guests onboard TAKA II on their Cod Hole Trip. The minke whales are still being spotted at Lighthouse Bommie, with four of these gentle giants playing with passengers for around an hour. Then at Steve’s Bommie there was amazing interaction with the whales as fourteen of the beautiful creatures came in to check out the divers for over two hours.
Guests onboard Calypso this week has also witnessed perfect snorkeling and diving conditions while visiting Opal and Tongue Reefs. These reefs are located off are also producing some great sightings and action of minke whales and large pods of dolphins, along with the usual reef sharks, turtles and sting rays.
Cairns: Reef Magic Cruises guests sat back in amazement as a minke whale swam underneath them during a glass bottom boat tour, at Millne reef and divers onboard Scubapro also experienced a dive with a few minke whales while visiting Flynn reef.
It is expected that by Saturday the winds will start to pick up to around the 15 to 20 knots. This is not that uncomfortable so get out there this week-end. As always safe diving!
This weekly reef report was written by Steve Brady of Pro Dive Cairns, who compiles them from the dive trips he takes, as well as the many conversations he 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
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