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Reef Report for Saturday, August 19, 2000

Tales of Whale Tails

Soaking our Great Barrier Reef with brilliant sunshine, Mother Nature has turned on a treat this week. Skipper Chris of the Kalinda was the first to report to me the thrilling sighting of an all-white Humpback playing near the reefs. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises Spotted 60 metres away from the boat and about eight kilometres off Fitzroy Island, the mammal splashed around to the delight of dive boat guests and crew. A translucent light bluish color enveloped the whale as its pearly body glided through the water.

Skipper Russell also reported whales frolicking about eight kilometres off Green Island. Passengers on board were privileged to see the whale do two full body breaches out of the water, as well as several tail slaps and fin lances!

There was a huge whale dancing party at Breaking Patches during the week, which also had 10-15 metres visibility. Oceanquest was moored at Troppos and had 12-15 metres visibility. Lee on board the dive boat commented on the ecstatic folks who were scuba diving when two adult humpbacks swam 20 metres past the boat. They said they could hear the whales’ song under the water!

Visibility at Flynn and Milln has been averaging 10-15 metres, as it has been at most other regularly visited sites on the reef. The wind will continue to blow fresh over the weekend, with knots increasing from 20 to 25 metres. A few showers may develop by Sunday.

(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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