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Reef Report for Saturday, August 12, 2000

Playtime in Paradise

A united tone of pleasure came from all the boat crew I spoke with this week. The weather, although a little unpredictable, hasn’t deterred droves of visitors and locals alike from diving the reef. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises Humpback whales brought joy to the heart as they frolicked in the tranquil reef waters. Jenny from Sunkist reported that a mother and her calf were sighted playing madly on the surface, treating dive boat passengers and crew to huge breaches, tale slaps, and fin waves. Skipper Chris aboard Kalinda also sighted the mother and calf, this time on the way out to Thetford Reef.

Visibility at the reefs has been up and down during the week. Sunkist passengers experienced 5-20 metres at Briggs Reef, and 12-15 metres at Moore. Flynn and Milln had around 15 metres, and Lee aboard Ocean Quest informed me that Norman and Saxon reefs had between 15- 20 metres. It has been particularly nice at Green Island. The dive crew on Big Cat had a dreamy l0 metre visibility at their sites--perfect for all types of diving, not to mention snorkeling.

Neil from Big Cat noted that the conditions were complemented by the extremely low tides we’ve been experiencing in the middle of the day. Saturday should see conditions becoming a little less than perfect with current winds increasing from 15 to 20 knots. Sunday will see those winds blowing about 25 knots southeasterly, pushing a few showers over Cairns.

(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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