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Reef Report for Friday, August 16, 2002

A Bit Windy, But Still Wonderful

Another week has passed on the Great Barrier Reef and conditions have been a little bit windy with 15 to 25 knots.

Skipper Russel on board Scubapro 2 reported sightings of a tail-flipping Humpback whale from a far distance so expect more reports of encounters in coming weeks.

Visibility of up to 15 metres was experienced at Saxon Reef where Reef Magic was moored. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises Turtles were everywhere, and nearly everyone, divers and snorkelers alike got some great looks at these remarkable reptiles.

Passengers onboard Taka II had a rare sighting of a Zebra Shark at the Cod Hole. Visibility has been up to 30 meters along the Ribbon reefs and the water temperature has been a toasty 25 degrees. A small group of avid divers were lucky enough to have seen a Leafy Scorpion Fish, a Tawny Nurse shark and a Wobbeygong Shark as they explored the reef. Adding to a great dive trip were encounters with a Minke Whale and several manta rays at the Temple of Doom anchorage.

DiveTheReef.com heard good news from Bassem on his trip out into the Coral Sea with Undersea Explorer. Incredible visibility, incredible diving and lots of big fish helped make a remarkable week of diving.

On board Passions of Paradise introductory divers saw a Blue-spotted Ray resting on the bottom of the ocean in 8 metres of water. The crew have also spotted whales on every trip they have been out to the reef this week.

Weather conditions are expected to remain the same as last week with North Easterly winds blowing 20to 25 knots.

(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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