Reef Report for Friday, August 18, 2017
Hanging out with Dwarf Minke Whales
One of the best things you can do on the Great Barrier Reef.
The article below is written better than anything we could do, and it gives a firsthand experience of being in the water with dwarf minke whales on the Ribbon Reefs section of the Great Barrier Reef.
All we can add to it is just a few thoughts:
-this species of whales, at least here on the Ribbon Reefs, engages for long periods of times at very close distances with folks in the water, which is very much unlike most species of whales.
-their short winter visit to the Great Barrier Reef, is from early June through the end of July.
They only come to a small winter range, well to the north of Cairns. You need to plan on a 3n, 4n or 7n liveaboard trip to have any good chance of an in water encounter.
-there are only three liveaboard dive boats operating with permits that allow in water contacts with these whales. The encounter rates are high, over 95% of the trips have at least one in water encounter opportunity.
-these trips are fast becoming very popular, and usually sell out months in advance. Now is the time to start planning your trip, especially if you know you’ll have limited flexibility in getting time off.
-as a bonus, these dive trips also have you diving on one of the more spectacular sections of the Great Barrier Reef, the Ribbon Reefs.
Here’s more info, and links to all the Minke Whale dive trips operating.
And for a great first-hand account: A sparkling encounter: swimming with dwarf minke whales
The weekly reef report is written by Joel Groberg of DiveTheReef.com,
who compiles them from the many conversations he has with dive staff in the area, as well as many other local sources in the dive
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