Reef Report for Wednesday, August 22, 2001
A Glassy Week on the Reef
The past couple of days have been unbelievable for diving out on the reef! The visibility is sitting at around 25 -30 metres out at Paradise Reef, and 20 metres at Upolu Cay, with no current at Paradise Reef and a slight current at Upolu Cay and winds at 10 knots.
The weekend even saw 'glass out' conditions. Pretty good considering last week the weather was so bad!
The divers have been lucky enough to spot a couple of Green Sea Turtles at The Wall at Paradise Reef, and the moon wrasse were out enjoying the good conditions. Large schools of batfish were seen, as well as Colin the Coral Cod, who is becoming a regular visitor to Paradise Reef.
Passions of Paradise had lots to see on the reef this week with divers and snorkelers spotting green turtles, barracuda, fusiliers, and fan corals. At horseshoe mooring there were lots of juvenile fish, including a baby Barramundi Cod, nudibranchs, giant trevally and the giant hump-headed Maori Wrasse "Wally".
The weather for the week should remain fine with winds to blow 10 to 15 knots. If the winds turn out to be calmer than this, expect visibility to get even better.
Keep you gear ready!
Amanda Obara from Tusa Dive recently came off a trip with Undersea Explorer and this is what she had to say:
"I had an unforgettable week of diving 4-10 August. The 6-day trip included three days of diving on Osprey Reef as well as Cod Hole and the Ribbon Reefs. The trip kicked off to an amazing start with a 2-hour snorkel with Minke Whales.
Osprey Reef was spectacular, with coral wall drop offs to 1000 metres. Large
pelagics frequent Osprey Reef; including large numbers of grey whalers & white tip reef sharks, and dogtooth tuna. Four lucky divers were lucky enough to see a Whale Shark cruise by!
Osprey Reef is a dive location well off the beaten track. Scientists onboard conduct their research while on board, a program that is sponsored by Undersea Explorer, which would not be possible otherwise. With the specialty research often comes filming, so you canšt escape being involved in the amazing findings going on around you even while out of the water. In between gourmet meals divers had the opportunity to chat with some of Australiašs top Marine Biologists.
The folks at Undersea Explorer also conduct their own research on each trip, and show an amazing dedication to the environment around them. Trips aboard the Undersea Explorer offer something very special for divers who think they have seen it all."
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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